How to interact with your landlord to avoid legal trouble
Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
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If you are a renter having problems with your landlord, learn some tips, where to get additional legal information, and where to go if you need legal help. #6336EN
- Should I read this?
- How can I avoid problems with my landlord?
- Where can I learn more?
- What if I need legal help?
* Read this only if you live in the state of Washington.
*Eviction law continues to change. Read about the latest changes to eviction laws.
Should I read this?
Yes, if you rent the place where you live in Washington State. These tips work for a manufactured or mobile home park, apartment complex, and so on.
*Although these tips are designed for tenants in Washington state, they should be useful in any state.
How can I avoid problems with my landlord?
Keep copies of all documents, such as the rental agreement, park rules, any notices or letters from the landlord, and anything you send the landlord.
Make written or typed notes of important conversations with the landlord. Note dates, what you talked about, who was there, and what exactly you each said.
Follow up on important conversations. Send the landlord a letter repeating what you each said and/or any agreements you made. Keep a copy of the letter for your records.
Send your landlord any documents or notices by both regular and certified mail, return receipt requested. Then you will have proof of mailing.
Never pay rent or other payments in cash, unless you hand it directly to the landlord and immediately get a written receipt.
Ask for and keep receipts of all payments to the landlord.
Keep all these documents in a safe place.
What if I need legal help?
Visit Northwest Justice Project to find out how to get legal help.