A recent post on Reddit highlights the legal rights of renters.
“A landlord can’t kick you out of your home for having a baby, or lock you in your car when you want to leave,” the post says.
“They can’t evict you because you don’t have a mortgage, or for being a repeat offender.
They can’t stop you from exercising your rights, or from having children or paying rent.”
The post then goes on to explain how to avoid situations where landlords can illegally evict you for any reason.
In addition, the post explains how to get the landlord to leave you in a good place when you need to move.
“Be prepared for the next eviction,” it states.
“If you live in a rental property, and a tenant comes in with a bad attitude and tries to kick you, that’s your fault, not theirs.”
The next step is to figure out if your landlord is legally responsible for the eviction.
“It’s really hard to determine what the landlord is responsible for when they’re not the one who’s in charge,” says David Shaughnessy, a tenant rights attorney in Washington state.
“You want to be clear about what they are legally responsible and what the tenant is responsible.”
In most cases, landlords can be held liable if they break the law.
However, if you have a dispute with your landlord about the eviction, you can also ask a court to enforce the eviction against them.
To find out whether your landlord can legally evict you, contact a local landlord-tenant attorney.
“There are a lot of different laws in Washington that govern how landlords can evict tenants,” says Shaughnessesy.
“For example, it’s illegal for a landlord to break the terms of a lease, so it’s a violation to break a lease or get a court order to break it.”
The tenant rights community is divided on how to proceed when your landlord tries to evict you.
“I think if you get a really bad letter from the landlord and they tell you, ‘Sorry, we’re sorry but this is not what you signed up for,’ that’s a good sign to get in touch with an attorney,” says Sarah Cogdill, a lawyer in Los Angeles, California.
“What you really need is a letter that says that the landlord has agreed to take the eviction and to make it go away, and that they’re going to do that.”