My husband is currently renting a room in a home in Seattle, WA with two other tenants. One of the tenants placed an ad on Craigslist looking for another roommate and my husband responded. The tenant and my husband came to a verbal agreement that it would be a very short term, month to month deal. We paid a $333.33 deposit (May 1st) and were told it was 100% refundable. The owner (through the tenant) is now saying my husband must leave by the end of June and he will only be refunding $100 of the deposit "for his trouble". Did we just lose $233.33 or is the verbal agreement with the tenant enough? We also paid $160 to refill the oil for the furnace and were told we may get that back from the future tenant. If there is anything we can do, should we try and get some of that back as well?
A rental agreement is a contract outlining terms of tenancy for a certain period of time. Short-term rental agreements may renew automatically until cancelled.
Landlord-tenant law is governed mostly by state laws, and covers issues like security deposit limits and deadlines, evictions, and the right to withhold rent.