Scott K Matthews’s Answers

Scott K Matthews

Vancouver Guardianship Law Attorney.

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  1. Rent- 3 day notice

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Scott K Matthews
    1 lawyer answer

    Weekends and holidays count. You do not count the date that the notice was served on. So, for example, if the notice were served on Thursday, you would count: Friday, Saturday, Sunday. You must pay or vacate by Sunday. If the notice was served by posting and mailing, instead of personally served, then you have four days.

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  2. I am asingle dad of a 14 old daughter living in a 1 bedroom apartment. Can i get out of my lease for this reason.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Scott K Matthews
    3. J. Richard Mc Entee Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not aware of any law that would allow you to break the lease. it is possible that it was not legal for you both to move in there in the first place, depending on some local housing code. You could call code enforcement for information. However, it seems crummy to get code enforcement on your landlord after you have been taking advantage of the situation for 9 months. If the apartment is desirable, then you may find your landlord willing to terminate early so he can get a new tenant,...

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  3. I have a rental property in Vancouver WA, the 1 year lease is up, does it automatically switch to a month-month lease?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Scott K Matthews
    2. Jerry A Stimmel
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    3 lawyer answers

    A 1 year lease will become a month-month agreement if the tenants stay on after the lease expires and the landlord keeps accepting the rent. The month-month agreement assumed by law will have the same terms as the lease had where possible (same rent, same tenants, same house rules etc.) The month-month agreement will be governed by the landlord/tenant law in any instances where the 1-year lease does not apply (for example the rules for terminating the tenancy). At the end of the lease you...

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  4. Landlord responsibilities to a break-in

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. Thomas Martin Morningstar
    3. Scott K Matthews
    3 lawyer answers

    RCW 59.18.060(6) requires the landlord to provide "reasonably adequate locks". Generally I think this would be applied to the actual dwelling unit, but it is not an unreasonable stretch to apply it to common-area doors as well. This requirement will be read into a rental agreement in Washington. A crucial issue in many landlord/tenant cases is notice. The statute generally requires written notice of a defect in order to trigger a landlord's responsibility, at least for remedies under the...

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  5. What happens if I the biological and full custodial patent doesn't let a grandparent visit with parenting plan visitation rights

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Scott K Matthews
    2. Bruce Clement
    2 lawyer answers

    You can petition to modify the parenting plan. This is difficult and you will probably not succeed with out an attorney's help. If you refuse to let the children go, you can be found in contempt by the court. Your parenting time could be further restricted and eventually the police would get involved. Do not refuse to abide by the parenting plan unless your children are in imminent danger. If they are, contact a family-law attorney immediately.

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  6. When do I have to vacate the premises after being served a 3 day pay or vacate notice

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. Scott K Matthews
    4. Celia R Reed
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the others. I want to emphasize how dangerous the situation is with a valid 3-day notice. On the 4th day after the notice is served, your landlord can file an unlawful detainer (eviction) suit against you. He doesn't have to negotiate or notify you further. Once the UD is filed the filing is on you record EVEN IF IT IS LATER DISMISSED AFTER NETOTIATION OR EVEN IF YOU EVENTUALLY WIN IN COURT OR IF THE SHERIFF IS NOT NEEDED TO REMOVE YOU. Many landlords do not look any further than...

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  7. What is my first step? Washington state landlord here, needs advice.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott K Matthews
    2. Ryan J. Weatherstone
    3. Christopher Daniel Cutting
    3 lawyer answers

    The default tenancy is a month-month rental agreement. It can be oral. The proper procedure here is to serve her with a 3-day pay or vacate notice (oral is not good enough), followed with filing an unlawful detainer suit, and eventually getting a sheriff's writ. You should get an attorney to do the paperwork and arrange service or research the proper steps online or at the library. Failing to follow the proper procedure can lead to having to start over, which loses lots of time.

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  8. If me and my boy friend sublet on a verbal contract

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Scott K Matthews
    2. Andrew Giles Freda
    3. Samuel Michael Meyler
    4. Saphronia R Young
    4 lawyer answers

    I think what you mean to say is that you had a rental agreement for a place and that you sublet it to someone else. You left some personal property in the place and your tenant (the sub-letter) took some of that property. If this is correct then: Generally no, the tenant has no right to your personal property. If you did something to make the tenant reasonably believe that you had abandoned the property, such as failing to claim it after he notified you that he wanted it removed, or leaving...

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  9. Can we submit a declaration, proof of perjury and criminal actions by the father and his attorney. Directly to the Judge?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Scott K Matthews
    2. Richard Paul Patrick
    3. Bruce Clement
    3 lawyer answers

    There are too many facts here to give a useful answer online. You should be represented by a family law attorney on both the visitation and proper-court issues. You cannot simply write to a judge and complain about somebody lying. Do not violate the terms of a court order - once again, you need to hire an attorney.

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  10. Do I need my tenants permission to use the property surrounding the home when that was not the agreement. There is no contract.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Scott K Matthews
    1 lawyer answer

    Technically it will depend on how you have used the property. If a judge would believe that both parties recognized a situation where he had the use of the house and parking and you controlled or shared the rest, then that is a right that should continue. However, it is not a normal situation so it will come down to details. How big is the property? How much space separates the house and your trailer? How often did you have other guests? Practically, without a written lease, and with your...

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