Jennifer L Treadwell Karol’s Answers

Jennifer L Treadwell Karol

Maple Valley Residential Real Estate Lawyer.

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  1. Can a tenant break lease and move out if tenancy is less than 30 days?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer L Treadwell Karol
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2 lawyer answers

    If the lease has a specified term (6 months or 1 year) and is not a month to month tenancy, the fact that your son has only resided in the property for thirty days will not be cause to break the lease. However, the lawndlord does have a duty under RCW 59.18.060(3) to keep any shared common areas reasaonbly clean, sanitary, and safe from defects increasing the hazards of fire or accident. Furthermore, the landlord has a duty under RCW 59.18.060(11)(a)(iv) to disclose whether the apartment...

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  2. My rental tenants are haven't paid rent, and now 10 days late. I want to serve a 3 day pay or vacate notice.

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Robert Daniel Kelly
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    3. Jennifer L Treadwell Karol
    3 lawyer answers

    In addition to the other advice provided, you'll want to make sure to comply with the notice provisions of RCW 59.12.040 in serving your notice to pay or vacate. The notice should not be filed with the court unless or until you choose to proceed with an unlawful detainer action.

  3. What to do with a problem tentent

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer L Treadwell Karol
    1 lawyer answer

    Proper service of a notice to pay or vacate may be a) personally delivered to the tenant, b) personally delivered to a person of suitable age and discretion at the subject premises and also mailed to the tenant, or c) by affixing a copy of the notice to a conspicuous place on the premises (the front door) and also mailing a copy. The first two options are recommended, and the third should only be used as a last resort. The notice requirements in RCW 59.12 control unless the parties have...

  4. Looking for evicted tenants

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer L Treadwell Karol
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes, although you should be forthright about the reason for your call. (i.e. attempt to locate the tenants to collect on your judgment)

  5. I was awarded over $3000 thru the Superior Court against my evicted tenants. What is the best way to collect this judgement?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer L Treadwell Karol
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    2 lawyer answers

    Since you have bank account information for your former tenants, one of the best ways to collect on the judgment is through a garnishment proceeding. The controlling statute is RCW 6.27. In a garnishment proceeding you can collect the amount of the judgment plus interest to the date of the garnishment and your attorney fees and costs for pursuing the garnishment. The garnishment proceedure is a bit technical, and it is important to follow the statute carefully in pursuing it.