WA Supreme Court Affirms No Emotional Distress Damages for Tenant Relocation

In a previous post I addressed the limitations on tenants’ legal remedies against landlords.  Today the Washington Supreme Court unanimously found that “actual damages” under RCW 59.18.085 does not include emotional distress damages in connection with tenant relocation from a condemned dwelling.  The Court’s decision is based on its interpretation of the legislative intent of the Residential Landlord Tenant Act (“RLTA”).

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Many Mumbling Mice…

If you’re familiar with the alliterative ABC Dr. Seuss book, you know what the title of this post refers to.  Unfortunately, the mice at issue were not making midnight music in the moonlight, but in our attic.  The pest control guy said they had accessed the attic from tree branches touching our house.

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Why Criminal Assailants Are Not At “Fault” in a Business Premises Case

One of the most commonly misunderstood areas of tort law, including within the legal community,  is the issue of the fault of the assailant.  When a plaintiff files a lawsuit alleging that the business failed to use reasonable care to protect a customer from foreseeable criminal conduct, at the surface level it seems logical that the criminal should share blame.  But that is not the case.

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Tenant Rights in Washington

Tenants in disputes with landlords are one of the most underserved populations in need of legal services.  Landlords can afford to hire attorneys and attorneys are attracted to repeat clients.  Tenants, on the other hand, are far less likely to need legal services again, and their claims are typically not large enough to entice lawyer involvement.

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