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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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...View More
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
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
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
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.
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
My lease states after 2 returned bank items a cashiers check or money order will be required. Before I signed my lease I had 2 application fees fail because I used a credit card. I found out after that you couldn’t use a credit card on their system. I’ve had only 1 returned bank item since... View More
RCW 59.18.063 requires that a landlord accept a personal check, cashier's check, or money order. Except that they do not have to accept a personal check if one has been returned NSF in the last 9 months.
Hello, we live in Washington state. We are currently leasing a home and our lease ends July 31 of this year. Our landlord is requesting that we renew or lease in two days otherwise he will begin looking for other tenants. We are trying to determine if purchasing a home would be a better option but... View More
Unless your rental is in a jurisdiction with its own set of rental protections, RCW 59.18.650 is the statute that likely answers your question. The answer is going to depend on the type of lease you have and the language used in the lease.
If your initial lease is what expires on July 31,...View More
Their rental is on a well. Main well dried up -they are on the backup well - located up the hill. The water comes out of a uncovered tube. They’ve complained to their landlords & were told the water is fine -they won’t fix or drill a... View More
A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You chose the correct categories to post under - landlord-tenant and personal injury. Those are the types of attorneys who would have insight into this. As a starting point, your brother could consult with a...View More
I'm the power of attorney for my dad but my mom keeps putting protection orders against me so I'll stop me from seeing my dad and I need legal advice about me being a power of attorney and what can I do my mom's trying to sell his house and put him in a home and he wants to die in... View More
Tenants in our building have chronic health issues. Signs of mold and water damage everywhere. Bursting pipes ignored. One tenant had professional testing done which yielded positive for toxic mold. Can these results be used for all tenants? Are mold cases ever successful?
A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter nationwide, they can be difficult cases. Some law firms are reluctant to take them on because things are not as clear-cut as more traditional accident cases involving clearly definable damages...View More
The roommate doesn't have a lease or anything in writing. We're concerned she may not leave because she doesn't have the means but we need to be able to access the house to prepare it for sale. We need to know what our rights are as the estate administrators.
Well I work 5 days a week and I'm the general manager along with being the maintenance guy. I am the only one usually working here. I am also on call 24/7 and 7 day a week with the emergency phone. I am required to live on property. I am in a 2 bedroom apartment which is small. and... View More
Under the Federal Labor Standards Act, your employer can only make deductions from your wages is several requirements are met. Even then, the wages deductions must be actual cost with no profit. For more info go to:
The building is owned and operated by a city housing authority, Its been in and out of the news due to the bed bugs. I was bitten the first night and reported it and now over a year later its infested so bad. The maintance wont take out the infested mattresses and furniture. There is not a... View More
A Washington attorney could advise best, but you await an answer for two weeks. In terms of the eviction-related elements of your matter, a landlord-tenant attorney would need to advise on that. In terms of the tort-based elements involving bed bugs, they are tough cases and many attorneys are...View More
Your written lease controls the answer to your question. If the written lease you signed says you have to give the landlord a longer notice than the customary 30 days, then whatever the lease says answers this question.
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