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Elizabeth Rankin Powell

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  • How do I get out of the payday and installment loan trap I have found myself in.

    I live in Washington State. Last winter we had a horrible winter for my job and I began taking out loans one by one to make ends meet. I knew eventually things would pick up at work, and they have, but not enough to help me get out of my current d...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    Go back to your bankruptcy attorney and see if you qualify for a Ch. 13. Elizabeth Powell

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  • My mother passed in 2003 she wrote a homemade will that left me the house.its been in probate since.what can I do?

    The will wasn't notorized , me and my younger sister made oldest sister executor of estate. she ripped up old wheel and now tells us nothing about the house and she rents it out for the last 2 years for about $750 a month and gives us nothing. the...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    You need a lawyer. WA does not recognize holographic wills, so your mother died intestate. That means you and your siblings take in equal shares. It is not OK for your sister to put herself in charge, and it is not OK for her to rent the house out without sharing the proceeds with you and your other sister. Find an attorney and get this straightened out. Elizabeth Powell

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  • Live in a duplex landlord charging me for additional water usage, but how can she know which unit has more water consumption

    called the water company they stated there is only one meter for both units at my duplex, so there is no way to determine which unit is consuming more water. Can the landlord even charge me for additional use if she cannot confirm which unit is us...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    Answering for no points to say that when you do not have your own water meter in a duplex, this is a tip-off that the City and the County do not know this is a duplex. Please check the Assessor-Treasurer's parcel search and find out. If this is not a lawful duplex, then you need to advise the City, The landlord -tenant coordinator is ChiQuata Elder, you can reach her through the 311 system. Elizabeth Powell

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  • Do I need a rental lawyer ?

    I was the victim of a domestic violence situation in my apartments, the police said that I should move out of the residence, the Washington law states that I can terminate my lease early and not have to pay any rent or fees. The apartments are sti...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    Thurston County has a great Housing Justice Project - you can meet with an attorney on a Friday morning at the main courthouse and discuss this with them. What you need to hear is that the RLTA says that when you are a DV victim, you get to decide what you want to do with your tenancy (Stay or go) and you cannot be penalized for that decision. Look up RCW 59.`18.570 or thereabouts. Also, you are under no obligation to persuade your old landlord to follow the law, it is their obligation to know the law. Elizabeth Powell

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  • My daughter in a lease renting home the sewer system backed up into the house. Landlord said gotta move out for 30 days. Help?

    Should he help her out for a roof over her head? She is not paying this months rent. She needs some assistance in knowing what her rights are. He just told her that it'll take a month to clean and be liveable. It's disgusting!

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    Yes, but you are going to need to contact Code Enforcement for the City. There is no such thing as a 30-day holiday for landlord maintenance! See RCW 59 18 060, 070, 085, 090 and 115.
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  • Seattle, Washington King County; Landlord Tenant Law; 4 YR Lease; 30 days given to tenant to vacate for "family member"

    neighbor and I renting two upstairs rooms with separate entrance; have a four year lease; neighbor made complaint to landlord; landlord gave both 30 days to vacate to "move family member in"; posted letter stating excellent tenant and would provid...

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    WAIT. With all respect to my colleagues, you need to go review Seattle's Just Cause Eviction Ordinance (JCEO) and contact the City of Seattle's landlord-tenant office. Under the JCEO, a landlord can terminate a month-to-month agreement to move in themselves (or move in a relative). HOWEVER, if the property is not listed as a multi-family dwelling, your landlord CANNOT evict you without paying you relocation. Please contact Ryan Weatherstone at the City. You are going to be fine, but not because of your contract!
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  • How should I deal with a dispute with my landlord over black mold in my bathroom who's not being responsive?

    My bathroom kept pooling up water in the closet and smelling musty. I called in maintenance and they were unsure of what to do. I had to call again to get the maintenance mgr out and he cut a hole in the wall where the water damage came from. It w...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    You have to start with notice to your landlord in writing of the issue. I know this is stupid, they know, but the code says "written notice". The RLTA provides protection from plumbing defects and "exposure of the occupants to the weather" - mold is a SYMPTOM. Start with the written notice - they are not obligated to do anything unless or until you tell them in writing,. See RCW 59 18 115(2) and RCW 59 18 070. Elizabeth Powell

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  • Lived in apartment for 18 months kept it immaculate, I have service animal and apt is charging over 1000.00. I payed professiona

    Upon move out I had apartment professionally cleaned as well as carpets. I wanted and Requested a move out inspection 3 times so I could fix anything and was ignored. The day of cleaning I went in office and asked in person and was told they we...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    Sounds as though your landlord decided to charge you for damage that they claim you or your service animal did. This is typical, don't take it personally. If you don't agree with the decision of the management you can sue to recover your deposit (if they did not handle your deposit correctly) - it is hard to tell from your facts. Pictures can be very helpful. Elizabeth Powell

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  • I rent a house in Snoqualmie WA which has well water. The well has run dry and I have no water. What are my rights?

    Water is included in the price of my rent that I pay.

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    Please contact your landlord in writing, and then Code Enforcement for the City or the County and tell them that you have no water. Not the Health Department, nor the Building Department, but Code Enforcement. A tenancy without water in WA is not considered a tenancy. Please note I am not saying "stop paying rent" - that may be a remedy down the road, but at the moment, your landlord has no obligation to do anything until you tell him in writing, and then go to Code Enforcement. Code Enforcement cannot help you without a copy of the notice you gave your landlord. Elizabeth Powell

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  • What rights do I have when a renter in my shared home won't remove their belongings and won't pay rent.

    I rent out a room in my home, I asked the person to leave and they agreed. But won't give back the key (says they still live there) and won't remove their belongings. I am loosing money every day not being able to re-rent the room. Can I remove t...

    Elizabeth’s Answer

    On these facts, you need to give proper notice that you are terminating the tenancy and then follow through with the judicial process. Landlords in WA cannot engage in self-help. If your tenant refuses to return the keys or get their stuff out, then your recourse is to evict them. Elizabeth Powell

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