Tacoma, WA asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Washington

Q: Am I required to pay the full month's rent if I only lived in the unit for 14 days at the property manager's request?

Am I required to pay the full monthly rent if I only lived in the unit for 14 days? I requested to get my bathroom/kitchen vinyl replaced & the contractors discovered mold underneath the vinyl. I was asked to leave my apt during repairs which last 16 days. I was not aware of any leakage but my understanding was that the toilet had a leakage through the seal of the toilet which is why I didn't see any water. However, they still want me to pay the full rent for the 14 days because I now state the reason as I didn't report the leakage even though I didn't see it. Is this legal? Are there any legal reasons I can use to fight this?

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Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA

A: Argghh! The leaky toilet seal case. Toilets sit on a "Wax ring" that seal the flow between the toilet and the sewer pipe. if it becomes dislodged or there is some other problem, there will be a leak into the floor that you don't always see, it goes into the floor under the ring. If your LL put you out for 14 days, the premises was not habitable for that time period and you should be entitled to a rent abatement. You might want to look at small claims. If you win and they take action against you to evict you, you may be entitled to additional damages for retaliatory eviction. Thanks for using Justia ask a lawyer.

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