Question

This question is about the notary requirement for leases. One of my brokers is taking a 30 clock hour course on Washington Real Estate Law. In the course material it states that leases for more than one year must be notarized but only by the lessor. Is this correct?

Answer

It is a requirement that leases for longer than a one-year term must be notarized. The court views a transfer of possession for that length of time to be a conveyance of an interest in real estate warranting a notarized signature. Thus, it is the seller's signature that MUST be notarized but it is customary to notarize both tenant's and landlord's signature.

Date of Posting

10/16/2020

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SPOKANE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®