What do you think? Your hot water tank begins to leak. Your landlord tells you he can’t fix it for 4 days and turns off your water to prevent further damage to the floor.
Answer Must do repairs within 24 hours Move out Hire someone to do repair and take $ off rent
What do you think Your roommate’s friends show up at 10 p.m. to PARTY!!!! The neighbors call the landlord about excessive noise and he gives you notice to move out.
Answer 3 days notice to move IF police come: Noise Violation for Disturbing the Peace $250
What do you think? If I want to smoke dope in my house, my landlord has no right to interfere
Answer Washington has a law that allows landlords to evict tenants for “drug related activity”, which includes the use of any illicit drug on the premises. If drugs are being manufactured, stored, or sold on the premises with the landlord’s knowledge, the police may have the right to confiscate and sell the house.
What do you think? Landlords should have the right to check on their tenants at any time, without giving notice, in order to ensure the tenants are following the rules written in the lease.
Answer Washington law guarantees that tenants are entitled to privacy and that landlords may not enter the leased property without giving a 2 day notice, unless there is an emergency. Only 1 days notice is necessary if the landlord is showing the apartment to a prospective tenant or purchaser
What do you think? John owns an apartment building and shows an apartment to Sophia. John decides not to rent to Sophia after he learns that she is an opera singer; because he thinks she might disturb other tenants. John has the right to exclude Sophia just because she is an opera singer.
Answer Since opera singers are not a protected class under any anti- discrimination laws, he can.
What do you think? John then interviews Marilyn, a very attractive blonde. He refuses to rent to her because he has heard that blondes have a lot of wild parties. John has a right to exclude Marilyn because she is a blonde.
Answer Again, the anti-discrimination laws do not prohibit discrimination against blondes. The laws do, however, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, so if Marilyn can show that John would have rented to a blonde man, she might have a case.
What do you think? Finally, John interviews William, who is infected with the AIDS virus. John refuses to rent to him because he has AIDS. John has the right to exclude William for this reason.
Answer John is banned by both the federal and state fair housing laws from discriminating against William because he has AIDS. Those who have AIDS or are HIV positive are included under the definition of disabled.
Security Deposits How much can a landlord charge for a deposit? –Varies by state: some have no limit –Usually not more than 1 or 2 months of rent When does the landlord have to return the deposit? –Varies by state: 14 days to “within a reasonable time”
What to Expect in Agreements The length of the tenancy The amount of rent and deposits the tenant must pay The number of people who can live on the rental property Who pays for utilities Whether the tenant may have pets Whether the tenant may sublet the property The landlord's access to the rental property, and Who pays attorney fees if there is a lawsuit.