There are many tenants’ rights in Washington. In Washington state, as with many other states, you can be evicted if you have been a frequent or persistent tenant. Rental agreements vary from property to property and state to state so be sure to read your agreement carefully.
The law in Washington requires that landlords in Washington have a written rental agreement. Some landlords choose to require you to sign an agreement but not all landlords require it. Always check your agreement before moving into a new place. You should also have a copy of the rental agreement with you while you are waiting for a check-in with the landlord or the apartment office.
In most cases, the rental agreement is a legal document. Some landlords might tell you it is a formality. Read it carefully and ask questions.
A copy of the rental agreement should include things like: How much rent is due at the start of the term; the date when the rent is due; a statement about damages (like what they are); a list of services the landlord will provide; the reason for the eviction; and the name of a contact person, and a telephone number. Other things that you should know are how the landlord will contact you if there is an emergency, the amount of security deposit, and a list of how you can pay the balance of the rent.
The landlord cannot evict you just because you are late on your rent. Be sure to check your agreement about late fees and what happens when you are late on your rent. If you don’t know this information, you may be liable for the late fees.
You may be evicted if you are a constant or frequent resident. You cannot be evicted simply because you moved out. If you have been asked to leave, it was because you had a change of circumstances that forced you to move out. However, if you continue to have problems with the landlord, you may be asked to leave, despite having other reasons for not being able to live there.
After the lease contract, there are different rights that you have. You can enforce your rights, like rent payment or repairs. You can go to court to get the court to order the landlord to do repairs. You can also stop the landlord from making the repairs.
Landlords must follow some rules and regulations that protect their tenants. These rules may be to not cause a fire or flood in the building, to have smoke detectors in common areas, and to keep the building free of any type of hazardous materials that could harm the occupants. Some landlords might even offer you special inspections of the building or cleanings.
Tenants can stop paying rent to the landlord if the building’s unit is not safe for the occupants. A unit that has a leaky roof or carpet in the kitchen could be unsafe. The landlord must make repairs and fixes these issues.
One thing that you should remember when choosing an apartment is to consider the rent that you pay for a furnished apartment. A furnished apartment is one that has a sofa and a coffee table with a blanket or cushion on it. This is an apartment that does not need to be cleaned out every week.
If you are living in an apartment that does not have a refrigerator in it or a washer and dryer, you are not entitled to free rent. These types of apartments must have a roommate for the same number of days per week that are included in the agreement. However, the landlord must let you know that you are no longer considered a roommate.
Although you do have a landlord’s rights, you can defend yourself against a complaint. You have to show that you have a valid cause for the complaints. Before you can get a legal defense, you must make sure that the landlord is acting illegally or with a discriminatory purpose.