I rented a loft space from a local woman who wrote up a lease with my girlfriend and I. We paid for the first two months, even though we didn't live there at the time (In order to secure the living space). We lived there for 2.5 months, and then one Wednesday morning she texted us and told us to be out by Friday. We started to pack up (Even though I still think that was illegal for her to give us 2 days notice), and then the next morning (Thursday) she sent us another text telling us to be out by 9pm that night. I went and talked to her face to face and confirmed the fact that she wanted us out that night. So we left. The next morning (Friday) at 11:04am the real owners of the house (Explained later) towed my vehicle that I left on their property (It was broken down and I had a towing company setup to pick up the vehicle at 12:30pm that day). A week later I got two letters in the mail stating a towing fee of $250 with an additional $60/day fee, and by then the fees were over $600. She promised reimbursement of that month's rent, and never followed through. The lease states that 30 days written notice is required to break the lease, and we never got that.
There are holes all over this story. Why did you not have your own copy? How do you kNOW that there was a 30-day provision in the lease if you do not have a copy? Why is the landlady throwing you out? Why is she having your car towed?
There is something that you're not telling us.
I STRONGLY suggest that you enlist the assistance of a local landlord-tenant attorney to explore your options and protect your rights.
Something is not right here and methinks this landlady overstepped her bounds by a LOT.
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RCW 59.18.065 requires that the landlord provide you with a copy of your lease. You are allowed to request one free copy of the lease, and thereafter the landlord may charge you for a copy. A link to that statute is found here:
In addition, I would suggest you review this publication, regarding your rights as a tenant in Washington.
It would be a very good idea to talk to a local attorney about this matter. Good luck!
Sounds like you've been deliberately scammed. Contact the DA in Snohomish County. Deliver letter to "real owner" demanding reimbursement, to shake things up. If you know how to find person who gave you phantom lease, report them to authorities. Sue them and real owner in small claims.
This is a "throw the kitchen sink" situation.
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