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Smelling neighbors cigarete smoke and other things Repairs, Maintenance

Discussion in 'Other Residential Landlord & Tenant Issues' started by Mute9003, Jun 9, 2020.

  1. Mute9003

    Mute9003 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    i live in low income appartments and for last few months i have been smelling whatever the neighbors are doing upstairs.
    Especially cigarette smoke. It literally feels like someone smoked in my bathroom, not just a tiny bit of smell.
    I wrote them few emails. Even threatened to withold rent or hire an outside professional to fix it. But they dismissed it saying that its not an emergency.
    Even my kid complained few times about the smoke
    These are smoking apartments btw.
    correct me if im wrong but each unit should still be sealed off from the other unit as far as ventilation
    I cant really move anywhere at the moment since this is all i can afford and everything else is more expensive. Or much worse condition.
    Im on a month to month lease and not sure if they can kick me out if i take any serious action against them.
    Im not very good with the legal system in usa. dont really understand how to handle small disputes like this.
     
  2. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    You should invest in an air purifier.
     
  3. PayrollHRGuy

    PayrollHRGuy Well-Known Member

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    OK, you are wrong. There is no such law. It would also be very hard to do. So hard that if it were done the apartments might no longer be low-income apartments.
     
  4. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    Your best option is to start planning a move to a new location. You have nothing to threaten anyone with. Trying to do so will only annoy your landlord and possibly make things harder for you. Keep it friendly and move out as soon as possible.
     
  5. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Personally, I would explain the problem to the offending neighbor (politely) and ask if they could refrain from smoking in the bathroom.
     
  6. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    I don't know what can be done about the odor of smoke in the air, but the people who BBQ and smoke meats (unless I'm doing it) can be annoying.

    The discourteous people who leave porch (and other lights on) polluting the lovely dark during the evening hours is another annoyance.

    The noise polluters who race down the county roads disturbs me, too.

    Silly me, how dare I forget those uncivilized louts that allow their annoying pet beasts to bark, yap, and howl all night long.
     
  7. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Doggies like to talk to us...barking is how they do it. The howling is doggie talk for "Open the door and let me in!!" ;)
     
  8. Michael Wechsler

    Michael Wechsler Administrator Staff Member

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    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    You moved into a building that permits smoking and now complain of smoke?
     
  10. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Depends on what kind of action. You would be wise to study up on the Washington landlord tenant statutes for your rights and obligations:

    Chapter 59.18 RCW: RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD-TENANT ACT
     
  11. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    We don't own and canines or felines.

    We do own quite a few bovines, equines, and even some porcines.

    That said, I concur, the owners of the barking, howling canines should heed this dude's plea:

    Open the door Richard - - -

     
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