Landlord-Tenant Law


Free Tenant Attorneys Return to Pierce County

In residential evictions in some Washington counties the tenant can get a free attorney. All Pierce County eviction cases are heard in the Superior Court in Tacoma. Several years ago free attorneys were available to residential tenants in Tacoma, then the free attorney service disappeared for a few years–perhaps an […]


Amending or Waiving Landlord-Tenant Law by Contract

FPA Crescent Associates, LLC (FPA) owns the Crescent Building in Spokane, Washington.  It leased a portion of the building to Pendleton Enterprises LLC (Pendleton).   The lease defined the “lease term” as beginning on the commencement date and ending on the expiration date, unless terminated sooner pursuant to the express […]


Tenant Denied Emotional Damages for Relocation

A couple purchased a property to use as a residential rental. They obtained a license to rent the property as a single family dwelling, but later converted the basement into a second unit—but without required permitting. Only five days after the landlords rented out the basement, code enforcers ordered the tenants […]


Tenants May Pursue Consumer Protection Act Claim

The Handlins applied to rent an apartment. They were turned down because a tenant screening report showed a previous eviction. The Handlins provided information showing that the previous eviction case had been resolved in their favor. The credit reporting agency corrected the report. The Handlins were still turned down for […]