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Q: After given a 3 day to pay or vacate notice, how long do I actually have to vacate?

I saw on the "Tenates Rights" web pages that I actually have 21 days before the sheriff would come and start putting stuff out of the house. Is that correct?

Mark David Nusz
Mark David Nusz
answered on Sep 1, 2018

It generally takes several weeks before the sheriff will come and actually evict / put you stuff out on the curb. The answer to your question is: it depends on several factors, one of which is which city / county you live in. While the laws that pertain to tenant evictions are set out in... Read more »

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Q: My stepfather owns his home, but the electric bill is in my mother's name, she also pays the electric bill, and has been

staying their for a year and three months now, do he have the rights to call the police and have them to put her out even without an eviction notice?

Mark David Nusz
Mark David Nusz
answered on Sep 1, 2018

No. If she's there and has utilities in her name then she probably had a right to be there at some point. She would have to be removed with proper notice and due process.

Additionally, if your mother has any ownership rights to the house, it is unlikely that she could be removed at...
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Q: I have some questions about landlord/tenant laws.

1) can the landlord come onto the property without notice?

2) After moving in i found that the walls in the basement are roting. Surely the landlord new about this issue. What can i do?

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Q: I entered into an agreement, where I transferred into my name all utilities, for a place to live? Am I a tenant?

No personal relationship with the owner, who wants me to move out with no notice

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Q: Landlord gets violent .d.what are my rights?

He has got violent with me.& abusive mentally...Most recent he came in and got mad because I was handling some personal problems & he didn't like it..& I said something.& he flipped out. Tearing my hanging beads off the wall..screaming names.& he thre & broke a table... Read more »

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Q: What does it mean for landlord to attempt to mitigate damages resulting from abandonment. see details for quote.

PROVIDED, That upon learning of such abandonment of the premises the landlord shall make a reasonable effort to mitigate the damages resulting from such abandonment:

Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden
answered on May 15, 2018

It means, usually, that you try to find a new tenant. If a tenant abandons the premises or breaks the lease 3 months into a one year lease, you can't just do nothing and then demand the next 9 months of rent. You have to make reasonable efforts to find a new tenant.

That is a pretty...
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Q: Does a tenant need to state an exact move out date on a 20 day notice, and also can a text be considered a 20 day notice
Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden
answered on Apr 3, 2018

It is very difficult to give any detailed answers regarding your specific situation without reviewing the lease and getting more of the details, but in general, the point of giving notice is to let the landlord know when you will be ending the lease. I am not aware of any specific case law or... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord move into my home to bypass Notice of Entry requirements?

My landlords (married) have been conducting themselves with complete disregard for the law and I have insisted that they stop entering without notice (they do it daily, they live across the street).

They were enraged and declared on the phone that they would "fix the problem" by... Read more »

Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden
answered on Mar 24, 2018

Your landlord cannot move into an area that you have the exclusive right to possess.

However, your landlord could potentially move into a portion of the house if it isn't part of your lease. For example, if your house is rented room by room and you only rent one of the rooms they...
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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... Read more »

Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden
answered on Mar 6, 2018

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... Read more »

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Q: Do I have a legal obligation to disclose a noise complaint filed by my former tenant to prospective buyers of my condo?

I own a condo in Seattle, Washington. My tenant has been experiencing noise from the unit above. Resolution has not be achievable even with the HOA's involvement. My tenant has decided to break his lease and move out. If I sell my unit, do I have the legal obligation to disclose the... Read more »

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Q: In WA, refund security deposit if tenant moves out 5 months into a 1 year lease?

Tenant moved out after 5 months into a 1 year lease. He continues to pay the rent on time while I search for a new tenant. But he wants his security deposit back now. Do I hold it until the unit is re-rented or until his lease is up (whichever is sooner)? The contract says to return deposit... Read more »

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Q: After 34 years renting month-to-month, my apartment building has been sold.

Does the new owner have to give WRITTEN notice to tenants as to the date they must vacate? We've heard rumors but haven't received anything in writing. Some tenants have leases, some do not. I'm a month-to-month renter.

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Q: How do I stop a landlord from selling my personal property

We got evicted the sheriff's department said that we could get our stuff back as long as we let the landlord know in a reasonable time, however when we tried to get our stuff from the landlord he said to call back on Saturday which is tomorrow however we got a letter in the mail yesterday... Read more »

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Q: My leasing office towed my car from apartment parking. The reason was expired tabs. Is it legal?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Dec 12, 2017

Look at your agreement. If it says residents can only park registered vehicles that means fully registered. It's a little persnickety of them but they can tow if they want.

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Q: I need advise on landlord laws regarding eviction and deposit refund

I was evicted she says since I didn't move out on the 31 I get nothing back and I pay her feea

0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: The maitnece man came in our unit illegaly got rid of my dog me and my wife have had for 11 years without any notice..

We were out of town my wife went in to labor and our new born baby boy was born with complications and had to be hospitalized for 11 days we were paying a friend to take care of her while we were out of town to be by our sons side came home to dog not nowhere in home we were so sadden not to... Read more »

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Q: Can the on-site manager threaten me after I moved out?

I moved yesterday and put in a final maintenance request in for the new tenant. The on-site manager texted me today threatening me about a mattress that I moved to the dumpster. He said that he came into our apartment to fix the sink, took photos of damages and the mattress, and will charge us $75... Read more »

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Q: Do we need to disclose asbestos for rental if under 0.01

We had the popcorn ceiling removed by a general contractor but he contaminated the home. Then we hired a L&I approved asbestos abatement contractor to completely clean the home. They also did a air quality test after that to make sure the limit is less than 0.01.

Do we need to mention... Read more »

Gregory Andrews Cade
Gregory Andrews Cade
answered on Sep 9, 2017

No. While landlords are required by law to disclose the presence of asbestos which implies a health hazard on the property, notifying tenants in this regard is no longer necessary if the problematic materials were adequately removed from the building. Therefore, since asbestos was thoroughly abated... Read more »

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Q: In Seattle, WA, is marijuana a "controlled substance"?

In my lease agreement: "Tenant and/or Tenant's guests will not use, allow use, purchase, sell, or possess any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia ... [or firearms] ... on or near the premises." Since marijuana is legal in Washington state, would it still count as a... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
answered on May 23, 2017

Legally, yes; marijuana is still a controlled substance. And paraphernalia can be just about anything used to ingest or store drugs (the definition is: all equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Landlord - Tenant and Military Law for Washington on
Q: What is the charge if you know someone is subletting in base housing?

The person in question is active duty in base housing but subletting to another service member and has not reported it.

Patrick Korody
Patrick Korody
answered on Feb 13, 2017

There may not be a charge at all, depending on the circumstances. It's probably privatized housing based on a lease. Violating a lease is not normally a criminal offense, even in the military.

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