I am on section 8 my lease ends the end of april, they wanted me to move out for two weeks which has now turned in to 30 days so they can renovate the unit . But now they say we can transfer to another unit where they have already renovate but the rent is going from 1.446.00 to 1.746.00 in the renovated unit, and also the time we are out the unit they do not want to prorate the rent. Can they do this even if I have not put a notice in to move.
In WA, there is no statutory provision that allows a tenant to force a landlord to rent to the tenant. There is also no rent control law in WA.
As far as I know, Federal Way does not have a just cause ordinance similar to Seattle's. Even in Seattle, the ending of a rental agreement with a specific ending date is one of the just causes.
To end a tenancy, the landlord just needs to give proper notice to the tenant. To raise rent, the landlord just needs to give proper notice to the tenant.
You can review your agreement with the landlord and the agreement among the landlord, the housing program, and you to see whether one or more of those agreements require the landlord to give longer notice than 20 days before the end of a rental month.
The WA Residential Landlord-Tenant Act does not require either the tenant or the landlord to give notice when the rental agreement has a specific ending date since the parties are supposed to know the ending date when they signed the agreement.
Renovation usually results in more rent being paid by the tenant.
If the landlord is wanting you to move out in the middle of April, you can tell the landlord "no". You already paid for April.
You can review the specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options.
Please reach out to your housing caseworker and explain what has been going on. Your landlord can't make you transfer to a different unit, let alone a different unit at a higher price. Your landlord can't make you pay rent when you can't occupy the unit! Tell your caseworker.
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