Paperwork states that approval for relocation assistance does not end tenancy (which will be discontinued after 90 day + 20 day process). Do I still need to pay monthly rent as usual until I move/relocate? Or, does getting approved for relocation assistance allow me to stay at current residence until I relocate without paying rent?Relocation assistance was approved for "substantial rehabilitation" of the property. There is nothing wrong with the property. It is going to be improved, but the demolition/renovation project cannot begin until after I relocate. I was given 90 day notice and then have additional 20 days before eviction. It may take me that long to find another good place to live. I also noticed that relocation assistance law states that the landlord must give back any prepaid rent (which is usually used for last month's rent). Does this mean that if I did not prepay rent, I don't have to pay for last month's rent? I'm unclear whether or not I need to pay rent until I am officially evicted (especially last the 20 days?). Does continuing to pay rent after being approved for relocation assistance create an overpayment? (If so, would I be able to get it back in small claims court?).
I disagree that approval of relocation assistance does not end the tenancy. See RCW 59 18 090. Your landlord has violated the implied warranty of habitability, and that is what ends the rental agreement. That said, withholding rent is extremely complicated (RCW 59.18.115) and you have to follow the statute precisely or risk eviction - even though the relocation statute (RCW 59 18 085) prohibits your landlord from trying to evict you when the landlord has been told to relocate you. The whole point of relocation assistance is to get you enough money at once so that you have funds to move as soon as you can. The City does not want you living in a place where there is something really wrong with the property. Elizabeth Powell
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I agree with Ms. Powell. You should notify King County Code Enforcement about this letter and you should also speak to an attorney about it. You want to put your position in writing and it may be worth it to have an attorney do it to give it more weight.
If you are a low income tenant you can go to the Housing Justice Project for free advice.
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Your location states Bellevue, but I was unaware that Bellevue had a relocation assistance ordinance. If you actually live in Seattle, you may want to call the Department of Planning and Development at 206-615-0808 to talk one of the relocation assistance co-ordinators or the property owner and tenant assistance unit. They run the program in Seattle and would have all of your answers.
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