We were evicted from our apartment and our landlord took everything outside and it all got ruined in the rain. Is this even legal? We told them we wanted to come get the rest of our stuff.
A couple of years ago in Eastern WA, a woman was evicted by default and with the assistance of the sheriff, her landlord put her stuff on the street and it disappeared or was ruined. So she sued, and she won. So the landlord's lobby went to the Legislature and they re-wrote the law.
When your landlord gets a writ the sheriff posts it. You have three judicial days, starting the day after the writ was posted, (or five if you have a lease that has not by its terms expired) before the sheriff is going to execute the writ. Attached to the writ these days is a form for you to fill out and return to the landlord if you want the landlord to store your property. You are agreeing to pay for the moving and storage if you sign and return this form.
What the form does is shift the liability from the landlord to the tenant to affirmatively state what they want to happen with the tenant's property.
But your landlord does not have permission to remove your property from your apartment without oversight from the sheriff according to the writ. If the sheriff did the civil standby and you were not there and you did not return the form, then your stuff is gone and there is nothing you can do about it.
But if that is not what happened, perhaps you want to share more?
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