My landlord has a pattern of wanting me to put in multiple maintenance requests for the same repair. For example, having to put in a second one because the first one expired. I'm not sure how to handle this.
Well, that's a new one. "your request has expired." What BS!
It's time for you to write landlord formal notice, pen and ink sent certified mail. You can email it, then print and send. The message is simple. "Dear Landlord, you are default of your lease obligations for failure to make requested repairs. Please complete them this week, or I will seek legal remedy. I also require that you provide me a rent credit of $XXX.yy as compensation for the diminished use of my rental." Something like that.
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I agree with Mr. Moss 100%. If the timeline expires then you can take action, such as notice of termination or sending your notice to repair and withhold. All of the rights are spelled out with a description in RCW 59.18
look at sections 59.19.080 -120
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Does the landlord have a statutory or contractual duty to do what it is you are asking the landlord to do?
For example, if a landlord is asked to come over to change the light bulb for the living room's lamp or to rake the lawn, the landlord very likely has no duty to do those things.
For something for which the landlord does have to fix, RCW 59.18.070 (Landlord—Failure to perform duties—Notice from tenant—Contents—Time limits for landlord's remedial action) provides the time limit for the landlord to start working on the problem.
The end of the statute has the provision: "In each instance the burden shall be on the landlord to see that remedial work under this section is completed promptly. If completion is delayed due to circumstances beyond the landlord's control, including the unavailability of financing, the landlord shall remedy the defective condition as soon as possible."
It seems if the landlord does not have the money to repair, the landlord can hold off on the repair.
The other provisions of the WA Residential Landlord-Tenant Act specify what the tenant can do if the landlord does not timely fix the problems.
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