Michelle 5 months ago
With my psycho landlord
My name is Michelle I live in Washington state I’ve been in this house that I’m in right now for 3 1/2 years my landlord always told me I needed to give her a 60 day notice if I wanted to vacate but out of the blue she contacted me and told me that she wants to move back into the house and she gave me a 32 day notice on an email not certified not a letter just an email so my question is number one do I have to have a certified letter number to her mother keeps coming by the house and taking pictures of the house and my kids and my belongings and everything all times of day or night is that legal and then number three normal wear and tear would that be included like The cupboards are a little bit sticky or stuff like that from fingerprints from the past four years and I just have a feeling she’s going to try to deduct every little tiny baby scratch or anything there might be because she’s not gonna want to give me any type of deposit back I know nothing about normal wear and tear and I’m just wondering if there’s anyway you can help pretty please let me know thank you1 Reply
Allison BethellParticipant5 months ago
I’m sorry to hear about the issues you’re having with your landlord. The amount of time your landlord needs to give you as notification to move out depends both on landlord tenant laws in Washington and what’s written in your lease. Some states accept email as written communication and others require certified mail. In terms of the landlord’s mom coming by the house, the usual protocol is that if she wants to come inside she should give 24 hours notice unless it’s an emergency. Once again, this should be written in your lease.
Normal wear and tear is generally considered damage and wear to to normal regular use. For example, faded paint, worn carpet, discolored grout etc. Tenant caused damage would be if something breaks, like a broken toilet, broken window, cracked tiles etc. There can be a fine line between tenant caused damage and normal wear and tear. If you have specific questions, I recommend consulting with a local real estate attorney.1 Reply
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