Whether you are a tenant or landlord, you have responsibilities and rights outlined in the law. At the Whipple Law Group, we are dedicated to helping both landlords and tenants protect their own legal interests.
- Whether you’re in need a Spokane tenant lawyer or a Spokane landlord lawyer, The Whipple Law Group can help
- A Spokane landlord lawyer can assist you with lease agreements, handling security deposits, legal forms, and laws regarding interviewing prospective tenants
- A tenant lawyer can help renters get repairs done, get water turned back on, improve unsafe conditions, and get security deposits returned
- You can get help filing a case in small case court with help from a rental lawyer
- From small issues to major problems, a Spokane tenant lawyer or landlord lawyer from The Whipple Law Group can help
Spokane Tenant Lawyer – Spokane Landlord Lawyer – Two Sides of the Same Coin
This page is divided into two sections, tenant law and landlord law, so that you can find the information you need quickly and efficiently. If you need further legal assistance, please contact us today and speak with either a Spokane landlord lawyer or tenant lawyer from our law firm.
The Responsibilities and Rights of Landlords
You are a landlord. You are a businessperson. You work hard to provide a vital service to the residents of your community – a home. Despite all your hard work and attention, you may unknowingly run afoul of the law.
Before that happens, call the Whipple Law Group and speak with a Spokane landlord lawyer who will help you protect your interests. We can help you with:
- Drafting leases designed to protect you and your property.
- Giving proper notifications to your tenants.
- Properly fulfilling the fiduciary duties you assume when accepting damage deposits.
- Addressing the noisy tenant, the non-paying tenant or the tenant that leaves in the middle of the night.
You have invested too much time and money not to properly arm yourself with the facts.
Please speak with a Spokane landlord lawyer and find out more about renter law before you are in a situation where you are forced to act.
Landlords in Washington State are Held to High Standards By the Courts
Washington landlords must comply with the requirements of the Residential Landlord Tenant Act, RCW 59.18. These laws spell out the duties and responsibilities every person engaged in renting residential property must follow. Taken together, these laws can be confusing and there are many traps the unsuspecting landlord can fall into. This is where a Spokane landlord lawyer can help.
At the Whipple Law Group, we assist our landlord clients in following these laws through the following measures:
- A Spokane landlord attorney will help you draft and enforce legal lease agreements that protect your property interests.
- We explain to you what you can and cannot do when interviewing prospective tenants.
- We help you comply with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
- We help you understand what notifications you are required to make available to your tenants and provide you with many of the proper forms.
- We make sure that if you take security deposits, you handle these funds properly according to the fiduciary duty requirements.
Please call us today to discuss how to protect your interests as a landlord.
The Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants
Tenants in Washington enjoy many protections under the law. Many of these are described by the Residential Landlord Tenant Act, RCW 59.18. At the Whipple Law Group, a Spokane tenant lawyer helps to secure your rights as a tenant by using these laws.
Your Spokane tenant lawyer offers affordable, initial flat fee consultations to advise you of your legal position and suggest different strategies intended to resolve landlord conflicts. If you and your landlord are at odds, call the Whipple Law Group today to find out what your rights are and what you can do regarding your problems.
Who is a tenant?
Residential laws protect anyone who is renting a place to live- you are a residential tenant whether you live in an apartment, a house, a manufactured home or even an RV at a fixed location.
How can a qualified Spokane tenant lawyer help?
- Getting needed repairs completed on a residence.
- Getting heat and water turned back on.
- Getting appliances fixed.
- Getting security deposits returned.
- Getting the grounds around your property cleaned up.
- Getting unsafe conditions and unsafe people removed from the premises.
Spokane Landlord Lawyer
Many landlords are good people wanting to do a good job. However, there are lots of situations where a Spokane tenant cannot get the landlord to fix something needing fixing or address something that needs addressing. Often, a simple call or letter from our firm will get the needed attention of the landlord and situations can be amicably resolved.
How a Spokane Tenant Lawyer Develops Your Case
Where the landlord does not respond- your Whipple Law Group attorney will work with you to apply the law to your advantage.
We help you develop a record that you can use as evidence to document your landlord’s actions for the court. This evidence is necessary to prove your case. Too often, we hear of tenant’s who are on the right side of the law but their case fails because they do not have the right kind of evidence to prove their case. We assist these tenants in avoiding such a situation.
Unfortunately, Sometimes Small Claims Court is Necessary
Not all cases need to go through district or superior court. A simpler alternative is to use small claims court to resolve your dispute with your landlord. The Whipple Law Group advises our tenants on how to file a case in small claims court. We can work with you to develop and document “the theory” of your case so you can explain where the landlord has violated the law.
The advantage to small claims is that no attorneys are present to argue the case. The individuals, or ‘parties,’ tell the court what happened. You still need to know the law and provide evidence but without the costs of attorneys fees. Call us today if you are interested in finding our more about filing your landlord tenant case in small claims court.
You Should Never Ignore Court Documents… Ever!
Sometimes you may be ‘served’ a court document. Other times, you may see something ‘posted’ on your door. These are usually court documents notifying you that a court procedure has been started.
Never, ever ignore these documents!!
Whether it is a “Summons,” a “Complaint,” a “Notice” or anything else, you must read these immediately and consult with an attorney, if necessary. Often, these documents are time sensitive. This means you may lose important rights if you do not comply within response time requirements. Again, read these documents closely to determine what they are, then, call the Whipple Law Group immediately to discuss what the appropriate response is in your case.
Call a Professional Tenant Lawyer Today
Whether your apartment needs attention, the roof needs to be fixed or you have noisy neighbors—you have options. First, call your landlord to resolve these problems, follow up the call with notice to the landlord in writing (keep a copy!). If you can’t get satisfaction- please call the Whipple Law Group to see if we can help.
If you are behind in your rent, need to break your lease, moving our and concerned about the return of your security deposit, call to speak to an attorney at the Whipple Law Group to protect yourself and your rights. We are here and ready to help where we can.