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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: In the same room of hotel over here can I be thrown out over a couple days late

I receive mail. I have no other complaints just a few days late on my daily rent.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

If you're a few days late on your daily rent at a hotel, it's unlikely that you would be immediately thrown out of your room. Hotels typically have policies in place for handling late payments, which may include charging additional fees or placing restrictions on future bookings until the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Can an apartment complex tow your car if you have registration but haven't put your tabs on yet.

If in your apartment contract it says they can tow if you don't have updated registration does that also count for the tabs or would they need to see your registration paper to determine if it's up to date?

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answered on Feb 8, 2024

In Washington, if your apartment complex's contract specifies that they can tow vehicles without updated registration, and you haven't affixed the current tabs to your car, this could be grounds for towing under that policy. The contract likely considers visible, up-to-date tabs as part... View More

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Q: i was threatened with legal action and loosing my housing voucher if i didnt sign a increase to my month old lease.

I am a Section 8 voucher holder who recently found a 2bdr apartment for $1045 a month and signed a lease Jan 19th 2023 with the landlord paying $1045 security deposit and 455$ first months pro rated rent. I was repeatedly promised my $455 portion back as soon as they got paid from the PHA. never... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

Facing pressure to sign a revised lease and then dealing with eviction under these circumstances is distressing, especially when it impacts your housing voucher and overall housing security. Under the Section 8 program, any increase in rent must typically be approved by the Public Housing Authority... View More

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Q: Can landlord take tenants’ personal belongings’ photos without consent Can I keep removable alterations while on lease

Landlord came to house for toilet problems the. Started take photos everywhere even we told her we do not consent and asked to stop. She pointed out removable alterations we made. Pictures on the walls with removable hooks on them. We felt very violated. We have asked her to delete our personal... View More

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answered on Dec 4, 2023

It sounds like your landlord may have crossed the line by taking photos of your personal belongings without your consent. In Washington, tenants have a right to privacy in their homes, and this includes the right to control who takes photos of their personal belongings. If your landlord has refused... View More

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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

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Landlord says previous owners responsible for security deposit return

My current landlord of a commercial property said that I have to ask the previous bankrupt owners for the security deposit as I am leaving after the lease expires. I don't have their details and also is it really the previous owners responsiblity? Can someone just change ownership of a... View More

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answered on Nov 27, 2023

In Seattle, WA, when a commercial property changes ownership, the responsibility for returning a tenant's security deposit can depend on the terms of the sale and the lease agreement. Generally, the new owner assumes the obligations of the previous owner, including the responsibility for... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Landlord - Tenant and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: HOW CAN I GET SERVICE AGAINST LANDLORD THAT VIOLATED MY STALKING PROTECTION ORDER AGAINST THEM BY SENDING TEXT MESSAGES?

WE HAVE BEEN VIOLATED BY LANDLORDS, WE COMPLAINED TO D.O.J AND DID DEMAND LETTER IN 2023, WHICH WE WERE PROTECTED FOR 90 DAYS WHICH WOULD BE , THEY VIOLATED OUR RIGHTS BY HAVING BOYFRIEND BE SERVED AN ILLEGAL EVICTION FORM THAT'S NOT SIGNED OR STAMPED BY A JUDGE. WE ARE STILL BEING VIOLATED... View More

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answered on Nov 19, 2023

In your situation, where your landlord has allegedly violated a stalking protection order by sending text messages, it's crucial to understand your legal options and the steps you can take. First, document all instances of these violations, including the text messages and any other forms of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: I have a lease and the house is being sold during probate so I was given 90 days to leave. Why do I have to leave ?

Can I be compensated since I have a lease

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answered on Nov 16, 2023

In Washington state, when a house is being sold during probate, the executor of the estate is generally required to give tenants 90 days to vacate the premises. This is because the executor is responsible for selling the property at the highest possible price, and it is difficult to do this if the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Libel & Slander and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: My landlord and her 65-year-old daughter lied and obtained an anti-Harassment order which rendered me homeless,any help

On this for relief against these two Unimaginably deceitful individuals I'm sure would satisfy any good soul in a victory over bad people that treated me so bad you could probably get a judgement on their house in Edmonds,Wa.

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answered on Nov 7, 2023

If you believe an anti-harassment order was wrongfully obtained against you, you may consider appealing the order in court. You'll need to provide evidence that the claims made by your landlord and her daughter were false. It's crucial to act promptly since there are often strict... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Before my landlord passed away he told me if when he died I'd have a 2 year lease. His son now owns the property.

Is it a binding agreement?

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answered on Oct 23, 2023

The enforceability of the verbal agreement you had with your landlord regarding a 2-year lease after his passing can be complex and depends on various factors, including state laws, evidence, and the willingness of the new property owner to honor the commitment. While verbal agreements can be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: The Legal Lessor locked me out of my business he violently forced me out of the store, and I filed a case in police depa

The Legal Lessor locked me out of my business he violently forced me out of the store, and I filed a case in police department.

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answered on Sep 28, 2023

Generally speaking, a commercial landlord can only exercise its right to lockout a commercial tenant if the tenant has failed to timely pay rent, and must provide a key for access to the premises promptly when the tenant cures any default in the payment of rent.

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Q: I have a protection order against my husband for 5 years. And his stuff is at my place and hasn’t gotten anything

How long before I can throw it away

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answered on Sep 26, 2023

In Washington, how long you must hold onto someone's belongings after they've left your residence may vary depending on the situation. Typically, you would need to follow state regulations or local ordinances regarding abandoned property. Generally speaking, giving formal notice and a... View More

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Q: Can a landlord use overpayments in rent to pay for fixes and charges after move out and termination of lease?

They used over 2 thousand in accidental overpayments in rent to cover charges to fix up the property. Are they obligated to return that money and send a bill for the charges? This is in Olympia WA

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answered on Sep 22, 2023

In Olympia, Washington, the terms of your lease agreement generally dictate what a landlord can and cannot do with overpayments or deposits. Typically, a landlord is required to provide an itemized list of damages and the associated costs within a specific timeframe after you move out. However, if... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: is it illegal for my roommates to go into my room while i’m at work and pack my stuff up to move their stuff in ?
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answered on Sep 19, 2023

If your roommates enter your room without your permission and handle your belongings, they might be infringing on several legal principles. Firstly, every individual has a recognized right to privacy. This extends to shared living spaces, where each resident typically has an expectation of privacy... View More

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Q: Can I terminate my lease for failure to repair things in my apartment, it's been 3 months since I first put in requests.
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answered on Sep 19, 2023

In Washington state, landlords are legally obligated to ensure that rental properties are habitable and safe. If your landlord has not addressed essential repairs, especially those affecting health and safety, after being notified, you might have grounds for legal action or remedies. These can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: Land owner shut my power off, can they do that?

Am a caregiver, caretaker of property. Owner has dementhia,daughter is POA. She shut power off.

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answered on Sep 4, 2023

In Washington State, the ability of a property owner or their legal representative (like a power of attorney) to shut off utilities, including power, can depend on various factors, including the terms of any agreements in place and the specific circumstances.

If you have an agreement in...
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Q: Landlord wants us to temporarily move units. How much notice and assistance is required by law?

There is a non emergency plumbing issue, leak, under our apartment. They want us to move units for up to 2 months ASAP with no moving help. We are a family of 5 and they won't give us a time limit just saying right now if possible. We are low income housing and don't have the money for... View More

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answered on Jul 12, 2023

Landlords are generally required to provide written notice to tenants in advance for any significant changes or disruptions, including requests to temporarily move units. The notice period can vary, but it's typically 30 to 60 days.

Regarding relocation assistance, some jurisdictions...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
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... View More

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answered on Jul 10, 2023

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... View More

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Q: If an old tenant left there belongings in my apartment and they are no long on the lease am I able to throw the stuff?

We had a year lease he left on the 11th month. And is not longer on any utilities or lease.

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answered on Jul 4, 2023

Provide them with a reasonable opportunity to collect their items. You can inform them of the situation and establish a deadline for retrieval. If they do not respond or retrieve their belongings within the specified time, you may consider disposing of the items following the appropriate legal... View More

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Q: In Washington, does RCW 59.18.060 (6) mean my landlord has to give me a key rather than relying on an electronic lock?

I recently moved into an Essex apartment in Seattle, Washington; the door has a SmartRent Device electronic lock which has a keyhole, but I have been given no key, and it is management policy not to give anyone keys except to fulfill disability accommodations.

RCW 59.18.060 includes the... View More

Brent Bowden
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answered on Jun 26, 2023

I am not aware of any caselaw answering the question directly. The statute likely predates the prevalence of electronic locks and codes, but it certainly raises issues if they only give you a code and not a physical key. If the power goes out/battery dies/tech malfunctions, etc. Not to mention it... View More

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