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Rent questions?

we live in washington, but it's possible that we're moving back to our home state in the next few months. I'm trying to find out about giving notice and what's right and what we go by.

Our lease states that we have to give 20 days notice (a given) and that we're responsible for rent for those 20 days. On our little print out that we were given by the realtor (i guess a guide of laws or something for renters), it states that we're responsible for rent until the lease is up, BUT that the owner has to attempt to find someone else to rent the house other words, the owners can't just leave us to pay for the rest of the lease and have to find someone to rent to, right? So, which do i go by?..what the print out says or what our lease says? Also about deposits..we put about 5,000 dollars down to get in to this house, which included "last months rent"..and there's hardly any damage to the house (a few scratches from a kitchen chair on the hardwood, and some dings on the banister from moving stuff in..and a water spot on the ceiling from where the bathtub or shower was leaking--but the owner's SIL came by and documented that), we paid a cleaning fee as part of the deposit too, so we should get our deposit back right? I've never pushed to get a deposit back from any other place that we rented because they were always so small that it was pointless, but this deposit was so big, that i feel like we need to try and get it back..but i have a feeling we won't bc the owner is a complete ass...oh, and the renter's thing states that the deposit cannot be used for repairs, that that's what the cleaning fee is

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:00 PM on May. 18, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • U are responsible until the lease is up and yes, I would push to get my deposit back.

    Answer by emmyandlisa at 11:08 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Yes if you leave before the lease is up usually the rent for the term of the lease will be accelerated and all due at the time you leave. (its not considered double rent) That is unless you have a buy out clause. Your deposit is forfeited and will not be used towards rent or damages.....Usually. I would call your landlord because if he is nice...he can work something out so that you are only responsible for the rent until the next person moves in or he may allow you to buy out..leaving you with good rental history for the next time you rent.

    Answer by Momforhealth at 11:19 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • If you signed a lease, you are responsible to pay rent every month until that lease is up. If you vacate the house/apt before your lease is up and the owner (or you) cannot find someone to compensate for that loss by renting for the remainder of that time you had agreed upon, then it is your responsibility to pay for those months it sits empty. Make sure you read your contract. Also, the deposit is to be refunded unless they find that there is damage beyond what you acknowledged and signed in agreement upon when you did the walk through. Many times they can keep it because they're dicks and know that you can't afford or won't afford to take them to small claims.


    Answer by 805doll at 11:23 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • all our contract states is that we have to give 20 days and are responsible for rent through those 20 days and further only if they cannot find someone to rent to...which where we live is a desirable area, and we had to jump on this house to make sure it wasn't going anywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 11:38 PM on May. 18, 2011

  • Perhaps a consult with a local lawyer?

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 7:08 AM on May. 19, 2011

  • Well I would go by the contract personally. If the landlord tries to stick you with the can get by with the contract in court.

    Answer by Wish2Be at 7:09 AM on May. 19, 2011

  • If you have signed a lease you have to finish out the lease until the end of it. Your landlord do have an obligation of trying to get someone in there to finish the lease. So in that case I would give your landlord as much notice as you can so that they can have a good chance to find someone else.
    As for the damages there is normal wear and tear that they have to take into consideration before they start taking away your damage deposit. As for the water spot in the ceiling I believe that would be something you wouldn't have to pay for either. If the plumbing was leaking that's something they have to come good for.
    Look up information for your local rentalsman and I'm sure you'll get all of your info you need there.

    Answer by KristinRox at 8:12 AM on May. 19, 2011

  • That 20 days is if you stay beyond the lease agreement. Your actual lease is a written contract for a specific amount of time that you are legally responsible for. It is very likely that they will keep the amount of your deposit that will cover the rent for the rest of your lease.

    Answer by slw123 at 8:20 AM on May. 19, 2011

  • You have to pay for the duration of your lease. If you are going to leave, the 20 days is so they can find someone and so you can't just say on the last day of your lease that you're not signing another one. We have to sign a new lease 30 days before ours expires for the next year or they will consider the house available when our lease ends.

    Answer by Pnukey at 4:53 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • good luck!

    Answer by chiquis at 7:40 PM on May. 19, 2011

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