I have 4 children and 1 that has medical issues, we had not heat for over 2 weeks and no hot water for over 1 week! The landlord had someone come out but it never got fixed and it still does not work right, what can i do?
Do this: WRITE to your landlord. Tell them that you are still without heat and hot water. He has 24 hours after you give written notice to get it fixed. If he does not get it fixed, go to the Building department with a copy of the notice you just gave your landlord and ask them to come inspect and verify that the condition you are complaining about exists, and that it interferes with your health and safety. You are entitled to reasonable heat and hot water. See RCW 59.18.115 and then RCW 59 18 085.
If the Building Department does not know what you are talking about, print out your notice and those two statutes and take them to the nearest Civil Deputy in the prosecutor's office and tell him to set up the inspection within five days. It'll get done.
If that gets you nowhere, call me. The remedy for this is a lot more than deducting rent; it is three month's rent, or $2,000, whichever is more, plus your costs and your reasonable attorney fees in cash or certified funds within seven days so you can move and find a better landlord.
Hope this helps. But don't deduct rent that'll get you evicted. Elizabeth Powell
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