Washington Law Review


Lora L. Pesto


In State v. Schwab, the Washington Supreme Court removed residential landlord-tenant transactions from the purview of the Washington Consumer Protection Act (CPA). Under Schwab, litigants may no longer invoke the generous remedial provisions of the CPA to enforce tenants' rights granted by the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. Schwab also eliminated state prosecution of residential landlord-tenant actions. The reasoning used by the court could prevent the application of the CPA to new areas of commerce, and may also limit its application in areas where it previously has been considered fully applicable.

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