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  • Selling a condo in Seattle where current tenant has 12month lease

    If a Seattle condo is sold, must the new owner respect the existing 12month lease?

    Shawn’s Answer

    I agree with the prior excellent answers. Cash for keys is the simple and smart way to handle this, if the buyer demands an empty unit instead of a year's rental income. So figure in relocation costs into your asking or offering price.
    Good Luck

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  • Who is responsible for maintaining the outside of the property is it the tenant or the landlord?

    I want to confirm with a lawyer this is correct what Neighborhood Services Landlord Tenant Program told me. Since I live in a residential house (not apartment) I am not responsible for maintaining the yard (weeds / Oleanders / water) because I was...

    Shawn’s Answer

    I agree with the answer above your lease states you are , and if you don't maintain the property the landlord can terminate the lease, and maintain or restore the yard at your expense from your deposit.
    I would suggest you mow and trim or get a lawn service to help rather than let the landlord take drastic measures against you. Yes many leases do specify the value or cost of the lawn care , but you signed a lease that sates you could be terminated instead of a monetary sanction.
    Good Luck

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  • Can my landlord tell me I can't use a space that I pay utilities for?

    I live in an apartment above a bar. Half of the upstairs is my apartment and the other half is an open storage area. My new landlord told me I can not use the back area anymore but I pay the utilities in there. He has also told me I can not have t...

    Shawn’s Answer

    Your lease or rental agreement would be the first place to find out if you are renting all the space or just part. A landlord cannot just reduce your space without a change in the lease or the rent. The vent does not sound like it meets code and should be addressed as a health issue. Local building authorities would be the place to find out if this unit is a legal rental.
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  • Can the apartment management ignore building code violations?

    I live in a remodeled apartment next door to a restaurant owned by the same landlord. Recently the water has been shut off without prior notice yet most concernly is the gas from the kitchen that will run on its own.

    Shawn’s Answer

    No, but the code violation notification should come from the local building authorities. You need to give written notice of the defects to your landlord and you could provide a copy to the authorities and invite them to inspect and contact the landlord. Bear in mind the landlord will be looking for the first excuse to get rid of you.
    Good Luck

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  • How do you get an ex renter to move out.

    She has had 6wks to move and still hasn't done so. No lease is involved.

    Shawn’s Answer

    A formal eviction will give you a court order that the Sheriff can use to remove the tenant. This is a technical area of the law and it is best handled by a lawyer who has done a few in your area. You can use the find a lawyer tab to get help.
    Good Luck

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  • I am sick and tired of Georgia taking advantage of landlords!

    Yes, I am in a situation where a tenant has not paid me any money in over 2 months. There was a break-in, and I had to change the locks. My tenant has moved to Valdosta, but she left the apartment to her son. However, her son was not on the lea...

    Shawn’s Answer

    I am sorry you are frustrated with the system and I understand. When a tenant is a late on the rent the proper notice should be delivered at once. An eviction should be started if they do not pay as directed and excuses need to be ignored. Proper screening of all tenants and a rock solid lease will prevent many of the issues but as a landlord you need to follow the law and give proper notice. When the main tenant moved you could have evicted the hold over tenant and gotten a judgment for the lost rent and damages. Being a landlord is not for most people because of the reasons you stated.
    Good Luck

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  • What are my rights as a property owner where AT&T has an easement on the property.

    We want to build a 3 car garage. Our property is 55 feet wide. At&T has a 24 feet wide easement which limits our options. The vault they buried is 32 inches below grade, we only need to have footers 24 inches below grade. Their easement is only s...

    Shawn’s Answer

    If you build over their infrastructure within the easement area and they need access your improvements will need to be removed at your expense to grant them access. So talk with a local lawyer to reach out to AT&T to get classification on what they need , before you start construction.
    Good Luck

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  • Washington State rental subleasing laws...

    In our lease it clearly states in order to sublease you need to contact landlord first and seek approval. Well one of our roommates (3 of us total) moved out and found a new roommate without taking the proper steps. Roommate has lived in the uni...

    Shawn’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answer and make sure you do the move out checklist and take photos. The landlord cannot make up charges he has to prove the conditions at move in and move out.
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  • What can i do about a having a case worker that is on a list of corrupt case workers

    please i have talked with a dozen lawyers and i cant afford to pay for one i just need someone to look in to my case and thay will see just how bad this hole thing is

    Shawn’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answer. I would suggest you contact the state attorney general with your concerns, and evidence of wrongdoing. Bear in mind the caseworker is there to reduce the costs to the state as well as handling your issues.
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  • If I sign a irrevocable waiver in giving up my rights to my deceased effect remains and social security??

    If I give up my deceased husband remains to his family by signing a irrevocable waiver. Will this effect my survivors widow benefits when I turn 60?

    Shawn’s Answer

    I am sorry for your loss. Your status should not change based upon the disposition of his remains. The factors of eligibility are age, disability, earned income and the like. Where the person is buried or interred should not affect your benefits if any. Visit you local Social Security Office or a local estate planning lawyer and talk with them about your benefits.
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