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Scott Roberts Weaver

Seattle Real Estate Attorney.

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  1. Can a landlord unreasonably withhold an assignment or transfer of a commercial lease?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Scott Roberts Weaver
    2. Stuart Alan Heller
    3. Nancy L. Lanard
    3 lawyer answers

    What does your lease say? Most commercial leases have a section on assignment and subletting. Covenants against assignment are enforceable.

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  2. Commercial tenant's right under WA state landlord tenant act, lost business because of landlord's repairs made space unusable

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Scott Roberts Weaver
    2. John Donald Sullivan
    2 lawyer answers

    As stated by another commentator, your lease must be reviewed. Additionally, under Washington common law, you might have an argument that the landlord interfered with the covenant of quiet enjoyment. If the landlord breached the lease or the covenant of quiet enjoyment, the tenant might be entitled to damages.

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  3. How does bankruptcy affect a business lease?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Scott Roberts Weaver
    2. Jeffrey Erich Foster
    2 lawyer answers

    The lease is not automatically rejected in most bankruptcies. However, if you do not stay current with your post filing lease obligations during bankruptcy, the landlord will move to reject immediately your lease and retake your possession. If a trustee is appointed, the trustee will oversee the liquidation of your inventory. Your bankruptcy counsel will be able to guide you through this process.

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  4. WA commerical landlord tenant act, tenant's responsibility for early termination of lease

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Scott Roberts Weaver
    2. Perry A Warbrick
    2 lawyer answers

    You might have a defense if the landlord is seeking a rent that is far above the market. For instance, if the market dictates that the landlord could get $10,000 per month, but the landlord is asking $20,000 per month, the landlord is not being reasonable. You could argue that the landlord has failed to mitigate damages. If succesful, the landlord would not be entitled to damages against you. You should review your assignment/sublease provision in your lease and attempt to find a tenant to...

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  5. WA state landlord tenant act, RCW 59.18.060, landlord's duties

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Scott Roberts Weaver
    2. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2 lawyer answers

    See below for some of your remedies. Courts are very reluctant to forfeit a lease unless the defaulting party materially defaults. Failure to perform the duties above is not a material default in my opinion. Based upon your post, I get the feeling that you are looking for an out under your lease. I highly doubt that a court would allow you to use these defaults as your out. RCW 59.18.070 Landlord – Failure to perform duties – Notice from tenant – Contents – Time limits for landlord's...

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  6. WA state landlord tenant act, commerical lease, dispute with new property manager/landlord

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Scott Roberts Weaver
    3. David Alexander Phipps
    3 lawyer answers

    As I read your post, I am reminded of how so many commercial tenants don't have their leases reviewed by an attorney before they sign them. A lease review and evaluation can be done in an hour or two. The best couple hundred dollars you will ever spend. One of my colleagues has a number of frugal tenant clients. They have learned never to sign without a quick review. Conversely, in your situation, an attorney experienced in commercial leases, could probably review an evaluate your situation...

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  7. Landlord tenant laws in WA, tenant's right to evict roommate

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Scott Roberts Weaver
    1 lawyer answer

    If a tenant is behind on rent, you typically serve him with a 3 day notice to pay or vacate. If he/she fails to vacate, you sue to evict. Unfortunately, it is not a simple process, and courts require that landlord's comply with the statute (RCW 59.18).

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  8. What defines evictions in a term lease?

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Scott Roberts Weaver
    1 lawyer answer

    Your question is a bit unlear. You should provide more detail. I will make some assumptions. I am assuming that your landlord alleges that your landlord has alleged that you are failing to comply with a term of the lease other than failure to pay rent. I assume your landlord has given you a written demand to comply. I assume you have not. If you don't comply, your Landlord, if he has not already, will give you a Notice To Cure Or Vacate The Premises. If you fail to cure, your landlord will...

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  9. Can a new landlord/owner of an apartment building request tenants to pay an additional amount for the security deposit

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Scott Roberts Weaver
    1 lawyer answer

    First of all, look at the statute below. Secondly, review your lease. You should be able to answer your question with the statute and your lease. That said, if your lease term has expired, a landlord can ask you for additional security monies when negotiating a new lease. Email me if you have further questions AFTER reviewing your lease and the statute. Scott sweaver@jbsl.com 59.18.260. Moneys paid as deposit or security for performance by tenant--Written rental agreement to specify terms...

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