I told a mutual friend of myself and landlord that I saw my landlord take tools from my garage. The friend told the landlord and now he wants to evict me. Is this legal? Also, this is my son-in-law.
Defer to the terms of your lease regarding what would constitute grounds for eviction. It would appear, based on the facts you presented, that this would not warrant an act to justify eviction. If you are current on your rental payments, and have adhered to your obligations stipulated in the lease, then you would have an affirmative defense in an eviction/hold over proceeding. Notwithstanding, the landlord will try to find any element of mere impropriety to substantiate his cause for eviction; something more "potent" than a mere allegation of theft. If you have no written lease, your situation becomes more compromising...as all the landlord need do is provide you with 30 days notice to vacate.. whereby this would constitute valid notice... and you must vacate within 30 days or be subject to eviction. Good luck to you.
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RCW 59.18.240 (Reprisals or retaliatory actions by landlord—Prohibited) provides:
So long as the tenant is in compliance with this chapter, the landlord shall not take or threaten to take reprisals or retaliatory action against the tenant because of any good faith and lawful:
(1) Complaints or reports by the tenant to a governmental authority concerning the failure of the landlord to substantially comply with any code, statute, ordinance, or regulation governing the maintenance or operation of the premises, if such condition may endanger or impair the health or safety of the tenant; or
(2) Assertions or enforcement by the tenant of his or her rights and remedies under this chapter.
"Reprisal or retaliatory action" shall mean and include but not be limited to any of the following actions by the landlord when such actions are intended primarily to retaliate against a tenant because of the tenant's good faith and lawful act:
(a) Eviction of the tenant;
(b) Increasing the rent required of the tenant;
(c) Reduction of services to the tenant; and
(d) Increasing the obligations of the tenant.
I do not see how your landlord (son in law) ending your tenancy because you telling your acquaintance that your landlord (son in law) took tools from your garage would be covered under the statute. Presumably, the tools have nothing to do with the rental.
In WA, a landlord or a tenant can end a month to month tenancy by giving a written notice to the other party at least 20 days before the end of the rental month. Except in Seattle, neither side needs any reason to end the month to month tenancy. In Seattle, the landlord needs just cause. In all of WA, the landlord may not commit unlawful discrimination. For most persons, the rental month is the calendar month.
This is probably more of a family problem than a legal one. What does your daughter say about her husband wanting you to move out?
If you son in law does not cool down, you should review the specific facts with your attorney.
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