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James Lawrence Studt

Spokane Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

Contributor Level 7
  1. Estimate versus actual bill

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Studt
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    You can find your answer in RCW 46.71.015 and 46.71.025. A repair facility must either 1) provide the customer with a written estimate that the customer signs, or 2) provide the customer with a form waiving the written estimate, which the customer signs. Generally, the repair facility cannot charge a customer more than 110% of the written estimate (excluding sales tax), unless the customer authorizes a higher amount prior to the work being performed. If the repair facility fails to obtain...

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  2. Can my month to month lease be terminated without cause ?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Studt
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    RCW 59.18.200 and RCW 59.12.030(2) deal with termination of month-to-month tenancies. You should read those statutes to determine your rights.

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  3. Cockroaches

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. Elizabeth Rankin Powell
    2. James Lawrence Studt
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    You may also want to look at RCW 59.18.060(4), 59.18.070, and 59.18.090. If you search online with any search engine, you will get to the Washington Legislature page, which has the full text of these laws, which deal with landlord responsibilities in Washington.

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  4. Where can i find a low cost lawyer in spokane wa for education

    Answered over 6 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Studt
    2. Okorie Okorocha
    2 lawyer answers

    You may also want to try the Northwest Justice Program. www.nwjustice.org Even if you might not qualify for pro bono representation‚ the Spokane office may be able to refer you to a lawyer who can take the case on a reduced fee basis through the GAAP program.

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  5. We had two tenents sign alease for one year , one of them moved out and left the other to take care of of the lease.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Studt
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    Unfortunately, E-mail is not sufficient or proper service for a notice to vacate the premises pursuant to RCW 59.12.040. The notice must be either hand delivered to the occupant or posted on the property AND mailed to the property. You can find several guides here on AVVO that will tell you how to properly serve eviction notices. The statute dealing with eviction notices is RCW 59.12.030 and the statute regarding serving the eviction notices is RCW 59.12.040. The notices are the first step you...

  6. The renters moved in and have not sighned any lease agreement ,being month to month or longer. they refuse to leave and havenot

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Studt
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    Your question is, unfortunately, not a simple one. However, the short answer is that the unlawful detainer statute (RCW 59.12 et seq) governs how you evict tenants. If the tenants have failed to pay rent, then a landlord may issue a three day notice to pay rent or vacate pursuant to RCW 59.12.030. If the tenant does not move out after the expiration of the three day notice, then the landlord can file an eviction lawsuit against the tenant. The unpaid utilities and deposit cannot be included in...