To: RP Management , Inc. |
P.O. Box 19536, Seattle, WA 98109
CC: City Attorney Mark H. Sidran
600 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Re: Improper Notice of Rent Increase
The rent increase demanded in RP Management's notice of 6/25/99 fails to meet the requirements of
Seattle Municipal Code 7.24.030 Ordinance 119171
, which requires 60 days' notice of rent increases totalling 10% or more within any 12 month period. Failure to give proper notice renders this rent increase invalid.
RP Management is welcome to re-issue its notice of a rent increase with proper (60 days') notice.
- My rent from March 1, 1998 to February 28, 1999 was: __________
- This was increased March 1, 1999 to:____________
- The increase demanded by August 1, 1999 would be__________, which brings the total increase this year to about 16%, well over the limit of 10% which requires 60 days' notice to tenants.
- My rent due August 1, 1999 remains at _________ and will be paid as usual.
Please note this well: any "punitive" rent increases or threats of any type of "punitive" action (e.g. a rent increase obviously higher than the amount stated as "bringing rents in line" with the market as of 6/25/99, or threats of such action) on the part of RP Management in reaction to my asserting my lawful rights as a tenant, will be dealt with as RETALIATION, a violation of Seattle's Housing and Building Maintenance Code.*
Thank you for your attention to this.
Sincerely, ______________________________________ Date:__________
* Actions that are considered to be harassment or retaliation:
The Housing and Building Maintenance Code prohibits certain actions taken against either a tenant or an owner. This section of the Housing and Building Maintenance Code is enforced by the Seattle Police Department and carries criminal penalties.
The following actions constitute harassment or retaliation against the tenant:
1. Changing locks on unit doors;
2. Removing doors, windows, fuse box, or other fixtures;
3. Discontinuing gas, electricity, water, or other utilities supplied by owner;
4. Removing a tenant from the premises except through the legal eviction process;
5. Evicting, increasing rent or threatening a tenant because that tenant has reported violations of the Housing and Building Maintenance Code to DCLU or has exercised any legal rights arising out of the tenantís occupancy of the building; or
6. Entering a tenantís unit, except in an emergency or with the tenantís consent after a two day notice of intent to enter.