I'm 20 yrs old, first time living on my own.
I've been living in an apartment for a year now, but shower doesn't work well, sink leaks, my personal yard is filled with junks and garbage from last renter, junk in front of my door and I've been regularly paying rent every single month without any late rent. I've contacted the manager and maintenance guy for over a year, multiple emails(3+), phone calls, voice mails, even caught a maintenance guy out in parking lot and he finally set a day for plumbing work on my unit. I took a "early day" off work so they can come do the work in my unit, they never showed up. I do not wish to pay rent for something I can't even use and feel that all my rents I've paid so far is not fair and wish for at least partial refund or future discount fees or something. For they did not provide what they were supposed to provide as manger and maintenance worker for a long time even after many times of my request.
Your immigration status is irrelevant in a landlord-tenant dispute. Even if you were here without lawful authorization, your landlord cannot not comply with the WA Residential Landlord-Tenant Act.
If you are a month to month tenant, the easiest solution likely is to give notice that you are moving out, find a place whose landlord will treat tenants with civility, and move. You likely cannot change a deadbeat landlord like the one you have right now.
If you really want to stay at the current apartment and get the landlord to comply with the RLTA, you need to follow the statutory procedures.
The RLTA is at http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=59.18 .
Once you have given the written notice and the time has passed without the landlord correcting the problems, you find the city or county office that handle housing codes violation for your apartment and ask the inspectors there to come inspect your apartment for violations. The procedures for that is in RCW 59.18.115 (Substandard and dangerous conditions—Notice to landlord—Government certification—Escrow account).
Most cities and counties will fine a property owner whose yard is "filled with junks and garbage".
You can also hire an attorney to contact the landlord for you.
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