Seattle, WA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington

Q: If I have a landlord that wants me to pay my last months nths rent of my lease in full, when she knows I’m only gonna

Be here until the 12. Then wants to keep my deposit until one month later because of damage or cleaning. She lives in the same house as me, so she can see that there are no damages or cleanliness no to be done. She has threatened to kind close me out and lock the doors, take my clothes out throw them in the street.

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Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Lynnwood
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Depending on how your lease is structured, you may owe the full months rent even if you move out on the 12th. That is a difficult question to answer without seeing the lease. There are specific laws dictating how long your landlord can keep your deposit. RCW 59.18.280 (http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?Cite=59.18.280). Landlords in Washington are not allowed to evict your or otherwise kick you out without a court ordered eviction. RCW 59.18.290 (https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=59.18.290)

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