Washington Gas Landlord Agreement

You are likely respon­si­ble for some or all of the invoices placed on behalf of another per­son if you had an indi­vid­ual oblig­a­tion, para. B exam­ple that you live at the address dur­ing the bill­able period or that you have agreed with the land­lord or the last ten­ant to pay the bill for that period. It is ille­gal for a land­lord to inten­tion­ally shut down a tenant‘s util­i­ties for any rea­son other than to tem­porar­ily make the nec­es­sary repairs (RCW 59.18.300). The ten­ant can recover up to $100 per day or part of the day with­out actual util­i­ties and dam­ages in small claims court. Writ­ten doc­u­men­ta­tion of the sit­u­a­tion is extremely impor­tant. While you are nego­ti­at­ing with the sup­plier, you are also talk­ing to the owner. The state‘s landlord-tenant law pro­hibits the land­lord from dis­con­nect­ing your util­i­ties, even if you‘re behind the rent. A land­lord who delib­er­ately turns off the ser­vice should expect penal­ties, includ­ing dam­age to money, attorney‘s fees, and court fees for you. RCW 59.18.300.

Then you are respon­si­ble for future invoices. The provider can­not induce you to pay the landlord‘s or for­mer tenant‘s pre­vi­ous bills. If the sup­plier tries to do so, you can send the sup­plier a let­ter based on the sam­ple let­ter. You may be required to pay a deposit and/or return ship­ping costs. * If your lease states that the land­lord is respon­si­ble for the elec­tric­ity bill, read the sec­tion above and this one. To col­lect the land­lord for inten­tion­ally shut­ting down your util­ity and/or not pay­ing the bill, read How can I sue in Small Claims Court and ten­ants‘ rights. If you deduct from your rent before you get a judg­ment against the land­lord in court, you can be evicted. Talk to a lawyer first. If your land­lord is cur­rently respon­si­ble for the bill, the provider should give you both: if the util­ity is already on your behalf or if you and the owner have agreed that you will pay for the util­ity, you are already respon­si­ble for the payment.

Con­tact the sup­plier for a refund plan. § 8 Voucher hold­ers have spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions for the cal­cu­la­tion and use of the ben­e­fit. § 8 Vouch­ers take into account a cer­tain amount to cover the inci­den­tal costs of your unit. Retire­ment ben­e­fits are cal­cu­lated using a com­plex sys­tem that takes into account the size of your house­hold, the type of pub­lic ser­vices and the type of unit in which you live. Unfor­tu­nately, not all units are suf­fi­ciently well insu­lated to reduce util­i­ties to the Hous­ing Agency‘s esti­mated cal­cu­la­tions. The Sec­tion 8 pro­gram does not have funds to sup­ple­ment higher than expected ancil­lary costs, but you can apply for util­ity help to help you cope with high bills. Some util­i­ties offer finan­cial assis­tance and oth­ers offer free weather for units inhab­ited by low-income fam­i­lies. Your land­lord may be will­ing to work with you to reduce ancil­lary costs by tak­ing advan­tage of these pro­grams, which are often free. Seattle‘s weather pro­gram is called Home­Wise, and the King County Hous­ing Author­ity has a repair and weath­er­iza­tion pro­gram for low-income ten­ants and landlords.…