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07 May 2010 @ 10:42 am
Oh, For The Luvva...  
Promised I'd update on the house.

OK, so, where were we? Bitch got her eviction notice, stopped payment on her final rent check, but still had until the 5th of the month to vacate (typo, apparently, whatever). The U-Haul in front of the house finally was gone as of the morning of the 5th, so looked good, right? Wrong. Pick-up still there with a table in it, things still on the walls, as seen through the windows.

Lawyer can now go before the judge, judge can call the cops, cops have up to two weeks to show up and tell her to put on her boogie shoes. Cannot believe they have two weeks to get this done, man, just roll a car and tell her it's out or jail, how hard is that? Worst case scenario, at this point, is that we wouldn't be able to get in there until there 24th, which would make that last week pretty full (clean new place, move, clean old place). Can do, just rather not. Anyway, that's where we are now...but it gets sillier.

Tami calls us this morning (the house owner), because she's doing everything she can to make the bitch leave. Started by turning off the water. No water means no washing, etc. Does the bitch leave? No, she just starts bathing in the hot tub. So, guess what gets turned off today? The power, that's what. No lights, no heat, no hot tub (unless you count a cold pool of water).

Seriously, what part of her tiny little reptilian hindbrain doesn't get it? Get the fuck out!
spyderqueenspyderqueen on May 7th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Did the home owner verify local/state laws to make sure she can turn off essentials? Some states won't let you EVEN IF EVICTION IS PROCEEDING. It's absolutely retarded.

This is why I used to get into arguments with girls in college who were talking about how rights were stacked against renters. I told them they were ignorant of the ENTIRE process and if they think it's so easy to be a landlord, they should feel free to try. Morons. An abusive renter will make your life HELL. It's the whole reason my parents say that Pacific Heights is one of the creepiest movies they've ever seen.
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones: can i have my leg back?polarbear on May 7th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
You might want to tell "Tami" that she's breaking the law (RCW 59.18.300), and could and will be fined $100/day if the renter takes her to court over it.

And I'm sure if the renter is a shitty renter already, they probably know this. Tell your homeowner to do it the right way. Just because someone else isn't being honorable, doesn't mean she has to stoop to their level.

A link from the WA State AG on Landlord/Tenant law:

No Time For Love, Dr. Jones: get off my lawn!polarbear on May 7th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
H. Illegal Actions of the Landlord
The law prohibits a landlord from taking certain actions against a tenant. These illegal actions include:

1. Lockouts (RCW 59.18.290)
Your landlord isn’t allowed to lock you out of the unit, no matter what. He’s not allowed to change locks, add new locks, or prevent you from entering the unit in any other way. He’s not allowed to lock you out even if you’re behind in rent.

2. Utility Shut-offs (RCW 59.18.300)
The only reason a landlord can shut off utilities is to make repairs. He’s not allowed to shut off your utilities because you’re behind in rent. He can’t shut off utilities to try to force you to move out. It’s also illegal for the landlord to intentionally fail to pay his utility bills in order to turn off the service. You can take your landlord to court if he shuts off your utilities. If you win, the judge can award you up to $100 per day that it was turned off.

3. Taking Your Property
The landlord can’t take your property unless you abandon the unit. (RCW 59.18.310.) It’s illegal to include a clause in the rental agreement that lets the landlord take your property. If your landlord takes your property, first contact the landlord in writing. If you don’t get your property back, call the police. You can take the landlord to court to force him to give you back your property. The judge can award you up to $100 per day the property was kept, up to $1000.

Edited at 2010-05-07 06:23 pm (UTC)
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones: but why's the rum's gone!polarbear on May 7th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 7th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
I know, and so does she. She's been working with a lawyer from the beginning. Also, this is now a squatter/past eviction situation, and not simply a 'behind in rent' thing.

Girl's been evicted, and all utilities are in landlord's name. Thus, she can turn them off at her choice. Girl is now there illegally, not a tenant.
Teri Smithkitchenqueen on May 7th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
OK, here we go, I have a plan for you. (And if you actually do it, I'm not responsible, dude.)

Washington seems to have a version of the Castle Law (or Defense of Habitation Law, or Castle Doctrine) called a "Stand Your Ground" law. (Legislation may be pending, so don't quote me on the legality of all this. After all, I am not, nor will I ever be, a lawyer.) Here's the statute, so figure out all that mumbo-jumbo yourself. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9A.16.050

Basically, if someone comes into your home and you come under attack by said person, you have the right to shoot them. It looks like the WA law/proposed law does not state the need for no means of escape before firing upon said intruder to your home.

As this is supposed to be your home, give the landlord a rent check. Get the keys. Go in and remove her stuff. Previous tenant comes back. As she has no legal right to be there, you have the right to shoot her. Done, and done.

Once again, I am not a lawyer and under no terms am I actually advising you to do this. It's meant to make light of said situation, frustrating as it is, and give you a little smile. In case I'm not totally clear: Don't go around provoking someone so that you can kill them. :)
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on May 7th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
And if it's like here in kentucky - if the previous tenant leaves their shit more than 15 days, it's YOURS.
Beca: pp: die in a fireolivetree on May 7th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
That is so many kinds of disgusting.

Blediffe Cannelldariens_haircut on May 7th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
I could say something, but I'd only be agreeing with you and everybody else here.
9: And now ... a spinning leekrottensick on May 7th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
The only thing that crossed my mind was a plan involving kazoos, fireworks, a marching band, and someone taking a dump in the hot tub. I guess this proves how helpful I am at giving advice.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 7th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hey, not the hot tub, I want that clean.
Super President Chestnut Mayor: facepalm of doombryce on May 8th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Ugh. Crossing my fingers for you. Hopefully she'll muster up the dignity to leave gracefully.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on May 8th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks. My mind boggles at her actions.
NO, RLYpornrockangel on May 9th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
bathing in the hot tub


Marla Mae: FG Stewiemsmarlamae on May 10th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yea that's what made me realize better what kinda person they are dealing with. Bathing in a hot tub? That's nasty. I won't even sit in one, never mind BATHE in it. Ug.