Maintenance Timelines

That state law specifies how soon repairs must be started in a rental?  The landlord must “commence remedial action” as soon as possible after receiving written notice of a problem; this shall be no later than the following:

1.      24 hours to restore heat, hot or cold water, electricity, or to fix a very hazardous condition.

2.      72 hours repair a refrigerator, range or oven, or major plumbing fixture supplied by the landlord.

3.      10 days in all other cases.

If the landlord cannot meet these timelines because of circumstances beyond his or her control, the repairs must still be completed as soon as possible.  If the landlord cannot make repairs within the timelines the tenant may be due a pro-rated refund of rent, or in some instances, may have the right to terminate the lease.

About Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management

As residential property managers for Coldwell Banker Bain Property Management Division, we manage single family residences, individual condominium units and small apartment complexes in the greater Puget Sound region. We serve Seattle, Tacoma, Anacortes, Marysville, Bainbridge Island, Lynnwood, Everett, Redmond, Bellevue and many other cities in Washington State. We also offer full service commercial property management.
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