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Thu Feb 18, 2016, 08:12 AM

well, they finally got Jack...

For the longest time our landlord has been attempting to sell the property we live in, a duplex in Seattle. After months of silence, we finally heard his progress: In the form of an eviction notice from the new owner. He issued us three notices, for 'each resident' including our 15 year old son. He appeared unaware that the unit he intended to occupy currently housed a family with no intention of moving, and no inkling that a sale was eminent, let alone an eviction. I get his position, I loathe our landlord for selling it out from under us, and though I'm trying to maintain a pragmatic cheeriness, I'm not looking at a lot of hope with rental costs being what they are. We make about 3k a month, in part due to medical collections (yay, cancer history), subsequently our prospects aren't great, and my credit is less than stellar.
Not sure why I shared this here, I suppose looking for some kind of hope in my wee-hours darkness. Wish us luck, but I don't think I'm long for being able to post, let alone live with any kind of security.

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JackInGreen Feb 2016 OP
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Feb 2016 #1
tazkcmo Feb 2016 #2
Fast Walker 52 Feb 2016 #3
wilsonbooks Feb 2016 #4
Admiral Loinpresser Feb 2016 #5
tk2kewl Feb 2016 #6
abelenkpe Feb 2016 #7
angrychair Feb 2016 #8
jeff47 Feb 2016 #9
LiberalArkie Feb 2016 #10
jeff47 Feb 2016 #13
LiberalArkie Feb 2016 #14
jeff47 Feb 2016 #15
1StrongBlackMan Feb 2016 #16
angrychair Feb 2016 #32
mnhtnbb Feb 2016 #11
navarth Feb 2016 #12
1StrongBlackMan Feb 2016 #17
navarth Feb 2016 #19
1StrongBlackMan Feb 2016 #20
navarth Feb 2016 #23
1StrongBlackMan Feb 2016 #25
navarth Feb 2016 #28
1StrongBlackMan Feb 2016 #35
BBG Feb 2016 #21
navarth Feb 2016 #24
MADem Feb 2016 #36
eridani Feb 2016 #37
magical thyme Feb 2016 #18
mountain grammy Feb 2016 #22
Rose77 Feb 2016 #26
Wounded Bear Feb 2016 #27
stage left Feb 2016 #29
classykaren Feb 2016 #30
swilton Feb 2016 #31
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2016 #33
underahedgerow Feb 2016 #34
dembotoz Feb 2016 #38
icymist Feb 2016 #39
JackInGreen Feb 2016 #40
Zorra Feb 2016 #41
Arazi Feb 2016 #42

Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 08:14 AM

1. Keep in touch with the site as you can.

You might end up needing help doing a bit of fundraising for moving-related costs, even if you do find a new place, and people here might be willing to kick in a bit as and when we can.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 08:16 AM

2. Asses.

I hate that this is happening to you folks and lots of others we don't hear about. I also hate that I'm in no position to help you. Best of luck JackInGreen.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 08:22 AM

3. so sorry--- I hope you find a reasonable place. Wish you the best of luck.

 

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 08:41 AM

4. Good luck Jack.

Hope that you find a new place soon.

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Response to wilsonbooks (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 08:45 AM

5. +1 n/t

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 08:45 AM

6. sorry about that man

 



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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:20 AM

7. Good luck!

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:20 AM

8. I live in Washington too

You have rights as renters in Washington.

You cannot just be thrown out

If you need help with who to contact let me know.

You can fight it and give yourself some breathing room to figure things out.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:36 AM

9. Check your lease

The contract with the old owner is still binding. The lease should have provisions for how the landlord can kick you out, and under what conditions.

The places I've lived have laws that require the new owner to honor the existing lease, but WA may be different.

Selling it to a new owner does not void the old contract...unless that's explicitly spelled out in the lease.

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:48 AM

10. Thank God you don't live in Arkansas

In Arkansas the landlord can kick you out because you got too much mail, or you paid you rent in advance. Any reason.

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:54 AM

13. That may be what the law says, but the contract (lease) can restrict it

The law is the "baseline". If the lease does not spell out "too much mail" as a reason to kick you out, they can't.

(Well, they'd lose the breach-of-contract suit if they did).

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:59 AM

14. They have passed laws recently giving landlords a hell of a lot of rights over tenants.

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:02 AM

15. Sure. But the lease is still governed by the contract both parties sign. (nt)

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:15 AM

16. +1 ... And landlord's take advantage of this. eom.

 

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 11:00 AM

32. Washington has robust protections

In place to cover renters from being taken advantage of or being victimized by homeowners not paying their mortgage. He has rights in our state, he cannot just be thrown out.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:53 AM

11. Well, that sucks big time. Do check your lease

for term and when it expires. You may have some breathing room until that expiration date, depending upon the rest of
the lease language about what happens if the owner sells.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 09:54 AM

12. That is criminal.

My cousin lives in Seattle and he tells me the area is loaded with 'granola republicans'. Sounds like you snagged one in your landlord. So sorry brother.

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Response to navarth (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:16 AM

17. "granola republicans"? I haven't heard that term. eom

 

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:28 AM

19. It was new to me too when I heard it....in 2006

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Response to navarth (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:35 AM

20. What does it mean? I can guess ... "sometimesy liberal conservatives" AKA, libertarians. eom

 

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #20)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:40 AM

23. My interpretation:

People who adopt the outer appearance of modern, up-to-date people who are greedy assholes inside.

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Response to navarth (Reply #23)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:49 AM

25. Ahh ... libertarians! eom.

 

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #25)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:55 AM

28. perhaps

but I wish to no longer distract from the basic message of this thread....this brother is getting screwed by a greedy landlord and that's just wrong. Sounds like he's another victim of the profit motive.

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Response to navarth (Reply #28)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 11:10 AM

35. Agreed. eom

 

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Response to navarth (Reply #19)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:38 AM

21. Unheard

15 years living in Seattle and have never heard the term before. But we do talk about those east side folks in a disparaging way.

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Response to BBG (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:41 AM

24. What can I tell ya? I'm not a Seattleite

but my cousin has been there decades. It's what he told me. Other than that, I got nothin'.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 11:28 AM

36. They are also called "Crunchy Cons" and there's a shitload of them.

They shop at Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck)!!! They live in places like Massachusetts and elect assholes like Charlie Baker (and Mitt Romney) to the governor's office....! GAHHH!!!

Barely tangentially related, there was a guy who wrote a book about these people and it had that "Crunchy Con" thing in the title. I read a review of the book and thought "Hmmm...these guys could easily 'infiltrate' more liberal venues' and I wanted to discuss the concept and an article I found about it, and those people. I got a little feedback, not much, though. That was ten years ago, I think! Plus ša change, I guess!



http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=103x201475

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:08 PM

37. People who are good on social issues but could care less about people--

--lower on the income distribution scale than they are. Living in Seattle, I'm very familiar with the type.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:19 AM

18. I'm so sorry....hopefully you'll find a better deal elsewhere

 

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:39 AM

22. Wishing you good luck.

Its happening far too regularly in Colorado. I've helped three friends who've been evicted from long time rentals bought by investors who plan a high end remodel. Not much left for the working poor.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:52 AM

26. u r begining a Journey that will end in jubilee

 

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:54 AM

27. You might get more sympathy in the Lounge...



But best wishes, man. I was basically homeless a couple of years ago, went from couch surfing with family, to renting a room in a shit hole house full of Foxbots, to finally getting cheap retiree housing when my Soc Sec kicked in. Worked shit paying temp jobs the whole while.

At least it was just me, no wife and kids. Take care, and try to stay in touch. It's the little things like some on-line friends that help save your sanity in tough times.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:56 AM

29. Good luck, Jack.

I hope you find a new place.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:56 AM

30. I know they are swamped but please go to the Housing Authority. ASAP

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 10:59 AM

31. We're with you where ever you go!

 

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 11:02 AM

33. Standard practice in these cases is to give tenants 90 days rent free so they can save for a move.

 

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 11:02 AM

34. Have a look here. You may be entitled to quite a bit of money for being 'relocated.'

http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cs/groups/pan/@pan/documents/web_informational/dpdd016420.pdf

You are entitled in the very least to some protections and possibly at least 2000 bucks, so have a read through and start doing some research.

And you should have been provided a great deal of documentation including who the new owner is, where to pay your rent, etc.

Do not stop paying rent, keep it all clean and simple, just learn what your rights are and exercise them.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2016, 11:19 PM

38. educated consumers are a good thing

good luck

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 03:12 AM

39. Here's a link to the WA State tenants union on eviction

http://www.tenantsunion.org/en/rights/section/eviction

I understand way too much what you're going through. The apartment building I was living in was sold overnight to some Chicago people who only understood that they were going to become rich. Using the resources from the tenants union I was able to hold them off a few months until I found something else that was suitable. I wish you luck with this.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 09:36 AM

40. Thank you everyone

We're trying. All the advice is much appreciated, and the support.....yeah, kinda broken up and speechless

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 09:45 AM

41. Business as usual. This is America, Jack, and the business of America is business.

"It's nothing personal."

Fuck them all. We need to get Bernie elected and get our lives, our resources, and and our country out of the hands of heartless, greedy business people and under our own control.

All the best to you and your family, brother.

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Response to JackInGreen (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 10:39 AM

42. There's some good suggestions here on this thread

I don't have any answers, just best wishes that you find the perfect next place

Keep us posted and set up a GoFundMe account!

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