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Q: Can we legally leave the apartment we are in now, and move into the new apartment.

I was recently relocated within my apartment complex due to flooding in my current unit. The apartment complex has provided us the keys and month-month lease that started 20 days ago. We have not signed the lease yet but plan on leaving to another apartment complex due to the issues with the... View More

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Q: i signed a lease and a month and a half later was told i had to sign a increased lease amount and threatened with legal

my landlord threatened with legal action against me(disabled voucher holder) and i was told by housing that they would be forced to cut my contract unless i singed this. the lease was done over and singed i had the copy of it and all and i have my numerous times saying its wrong and im being taken... View More

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Q: My apartment gave someone else my room for next year despite telling me multiple times that I have time to renew

My apartment told me that I have till February 5 to renew my lease and “keep the same rate”. I went down to the office to renew my lease, and they said that they had signed my apartment to someone else yesterday (1/31/24) because my unit type was in such high demand. None of their emails... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: How can a widow own property not on deed but on loan . Pays taxes without probate? Do they own 50percent automatically?

The widow pays the loan and taxes no will or trust .

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

If a widow is not listed on the property deed but is paying the loan and property taxes, her ownership rights may not automatically be 50 percent. Ownership of real property is typically determined by the names listed on the property deed. Paying the loan and taxes alone does not necessarily grant... View More

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Q: My proprty has a lien against it; I want to pay it off but the lien holder is not responding to my or my lawyers emails.

This is going on 2 months now, and the sell date is approching in 4 weeks. What can I do to stop the sell?

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answered on Jan 31, 2024

Hire a WA attorney now to represent you. He takes certified funds for the payoff amount to the noteholder. If it is refused, then you file suit to quiet title as payoff of the note was waived. It sounds like foreclosure is imminent, so act today.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: If i have a lot of money can i just buy a huge land like 100acre and do anything on it private house,horses US,Washingto
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 22, 2024

A Washington real estate/land use attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. You could enjoy many activities on 100 acres of land. But you'd still need to comply with environmental, zoning, public health, and other public rules and regulations, as well as not... View More

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Q: Do apartments in Washington state have to provide parking for their verified residents?

if a building has 50+ units that they allow to register 2 cars each, do they have to provide adequate parking for those vehicles? Building is not in an area that has public street parking. Gated community that is currently signing leases allowing 2 cars for all 50+ units but provides less than half... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Can I sue a title company and realtor for negligence and/or violation of code of ethics/conduct?

I purchased a home thru a Sheriff's Sale-judicial foreclosure. The previous owner had it listed on MLS. I contacted the realtor and title company and informed them of my ownership and auction. Both told me no I hadn't and were told it's a lien.(by prev owner). During the process of... View More

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

You will have to hire a WA attorney to file for Ejectment and Quiet Title. Did you search the title prior your bid? You may have bought nothing, or your sale terminates all liens and claims and you own it free and clear. Time is of the essence as there may be bona fide purchasers involved... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: I was wondering what my legal obligations are as a co-owner to a home.

I was kicked out of my home and she had her family move in and is threatening to take legal action if I don’t pay my half of the mortgage. I’m willing to pay my half but I would like her family to move out. I was wondering how much legal power I have here and what would happen if I stopped... View More

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answered on Dec 4, 2023

As a co-owner of a home, you have the right to occupy the property and use it for residential purposes. You also have the right to receive any rental income that is generated from the property. However, you also have the obligation to pay your share of the mortgage payment, property taxes, and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: What type of lawyer would I need for a apartment complex?

Over 2 years ago I lived at an apartment in Washington State and just recently I received a notice from a debt collector. They have sent me a charge sheet for damages from the apartment. I have attempted to email and call the Village at union mills several times and they have yet to send pics of... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 10, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. What kind of attorney do you need? A collections defense attorney with insight into landlord tenant matters would be ideal. You could reach out to different attorneys to discuss in making your decision. Good luck

Q: What can I do about a neighbor wearing a gun, coming to the property line and telling me what I can't do on our property

Neighbor wearing gun says blackberries and trees on our property can't be cut. We can't even cut branches overhanging our driveway. Happens both 3 and 30 ft away from property line. He said the drain ditch that traverses both properties will collapse and it's protected. The nearest... View More

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answered on Nov 2, 2023

Sorry to hear. A civil anti-harassment protection order is a common remedy for a neighbor dispute involving unwanted and threatening contact. A good attorney will give you the best chance of getting the order issued.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Washington on
Q: Question about legalities and ethics regarding a home insurance claim.

Had a grease fire in my kitchen so I started a home insurance claim. Well before I have even gotten the adjuster to come do the inspection I'm getting calls from people trying to buy my "fire damaged home" . I asked how how they got my info and was told they got it from my... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 30, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. I'm sorry about your fire. It could depend on what your arrangements were - and what you and the carrier agreed should be done with the house. If you reached out to local attorneys, they would probably want to... View More

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Q: Can I leave an easement gate open?

In order to get to my property I must use an easement through my neighbors property. They have put a combination lock on the gate and request it be closed at all times. We prefer to keep the gate open during the day as it’s a hindrance to get out and open and close the combination lock... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 5, 2023

It is not unreasonable to ask that the gate be closed behind you. If it is a nuisance using the lock, I would explore the possibility of installing a remote control automatic gate opener. The cost of a solar powered or battery powered automatic gate opener is significantly less than the cost of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: My neighbors smoke all the time and the smoke drifts into my house when the windows are open how do I get them to stop?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 22, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. If it's a landlord-tenant setting, you could bring it to the attention of the building owner. If it's private dwellings, it could depend on local ordinances or association rules. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Washington on
Q: I have a house that got built for a hundred years ago. The house got built right on the property with the roof eaves

The roof eaves on one side of the property is over to my neighbor property. Will I run into any issues with this? Thanks

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answered on Sep 6, 2023

Has a survey been performed? If not, how do you know you are encroaching? There may be subdivision restrictions of government codes with minimum setback requirements. If the adjoining owner complains, boundary line agreement might help. Obviously an acquiescence to the boundary has... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: What was the U.S. Supreme Court case ruling that ownership of two adjacent properties cannot be considered one property?

Adjacent properties owned by one owner must still be considered two separate properties rather than one.

Thank you.

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answered on Aug 23, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court case you are referring to is likely **Murr v. Wisconsin**, 582 U.S. ___ (2017). In this case, the Court addressed the issue of whether adjacent properties owned by the same owner should be considered as one unit for regulatory purposes. The Court established a test known as... View More

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Q: If a seller doesn’t disclose a private road easement, what legal recourse does a buyer/owner have?

In my case, I own two homes on ten acres in Clayton WA. After I moved in a neighbor told me about the private road easement. I called my real estate agent and she had no knowledge of this.

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answered on Aug 22, 2023

Did you search the title? The easement must be in your servient chain to be effective against you, not the dominant tenement's title. They may have a prescriptive easement or even one by necessity. But that is for the adjoining landowner to defend in Court. Hire a WA attorney to... View More

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Q: If I am a defendent to a quiet title lawsuit can I file for advers possession in wa state
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answered on Jul 20, 2023

Adverse Possession exists in the entire USA. But it may or may not apply as a defense for you. You need to search the titles of both adjoining properties. Acquiescence to a boundary may also apply. You will need a WA attorney to represent you, and probably several witnesses as to your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: Can the administrator of an estate be held accountable for selling a home 20%-30% under its county assessed value.

There is more stuff unaccounted for than there is accounted for. Vehicles missing, $60-$80k in jewelry, they never did anything with her personal property, just sold the house and then instead of doing an inventory as soon as appointed they waited until the very end to track down 3 of her 5... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 5, 2023

Any heir of the decedent has the right to contest the sale in the probate court where the estate is pending. But it may be too late now if the sale has already been approved.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Probate for Washington on
Q: Is someone dies without a will and only has 1 son who cant be found what paperwork would i need to sell house b4 forclos

Iv been living at the house for a few years now but my friends dad died here without a will and my friend wont do anythjng.. like nothing. Its been 2 years now and the house is being forclosed on but i think the bank even thinks hes still alive.. what paper work do i need to be able to sell the... View More

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo
answered on Jul 1, 2023

Living in a house for a few years in and of itself unfortunately does not entitle you to ownership of the house.

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