Landlord Tenant Acts…

Landlord Tenant Acts…

ALLOW me to preface this by saying I am in no way lumping all landlords together as bad people...there are very good ones out there. Mine just wasn't one of them. I see people in here asking about their rights as a tenant all the time, so I just wanted to share a personal story and pass on some info... I recently moved out of an apartment that was kind of a hole. It wasn't ugly and old, per se, but things were falling apart the entire time I lived there and I was fighting tooth and nail with management to get things fixed. Of note, the property management company changed hands a couple months before I moved. when I moved out I received an invoice for $2,000 in repairs/damages to the apartment. I almost had a heart attack when I saw it. This was for repairs that weren't done before I moved in, for repairs that the former tenants had probably been charged for and not repaired. I had not done any of it, seriously. I would have owned up if I had. They were basically charging me to replace all the doors in the place, to repair bathroom counters, to paint everything, to replace carpet. To remodel, really. Stuff they couldn't prove I had done since they hadn't had me fill out a checklist as to the state of my apartment at the commencement of my tenancy. I almost panicked when my boyfriend said he was going to look through the landlord tenant act for our state. Well, it turned out my premonition that the bill was ridiculous was correct. They had no right to charge me those amounts for those repairs, especially with no checklist. It is, in fact, illegal to take a deposit in my state without a checklist. So my boyfriend and I penned them a nice little letter citing Title 59 and all the other laws they had violated. I told them they needed to prove the damages had not been preexisting and that they had better provide a checklist to me or return my entire deposit. At the end I added that if action was not taken to my satisfaction I was going to seek legal relief under the Landlord Tenant Act of the state of Washginton. I didn't think it would actually work but I was going to give it my best shot. Well, today I got a return letter from my former landlord. In it was an amended statement showing I owed NOTHING for damages. They also returned my ENTIRE deposit. So instead of owing them money they gave me everything back !! All just because I knew my rights. How exciting is that? So I guess what I am trying to say with my little story is that knowing your rights as a tenant, citizen, whatever, can really pay off. Most people forget or don't know that tenants have rights, too, and if you think yours are being violated, they probably are. I think knowing your rights can definitely be considered a poor skill, especially when it saves you two grand you shouldn't have been charged in the first place. Here is a website where you can go to read the landlord tenant act for your state: http://www.landlordassociation.org/statelaws.html
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