I was sexually assaulted in Feb 2015 while on a trip in Las vegas. I live in Seattle, alone. I cannot live alone and the event is causing me PTSD to the point of suicidal ideation. I asked the landlord if I could be released from my lease because of a "traumatic event" March 26th. They declined. I did not know about RCW 59.18.575 So my question is:
did the assault have to occur in my apartment to be protected under this law? And
Can I still use this law for protection and break my lease as I have moved back to my mothers and I am paying rent to an empty unit?
I would say follow the requirements of the statute, which by your own admission haven't been done. If they still refuse, then you need to consult with a local tenant attorney.
The statute appears to apply to your case. Follow it to the tee, and provide a copy of the statute to the landlord.
You did not post where you were assaulted. If it was on any type of business property you may have a huge "inadequate security" case against property owner.
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