Tenant Counterclaims in an Eviction

Many people believe that landlords have all of the power in a landlord-tenant relationship. After all, they have the title to building, have the power to approve or decline certain tenants, hand out the keys, and set out rules for the unit. However, the law does not exclusively protect landlords and provides tenants with protection against unjust actions by the landlords. After all, there would be a serious issue if landlords had the ability to simply put tenants out on the street whenever they chose to do so. Instead, both parties must go through a specific legal process if the landlord wants to evict someone.

Even after an eviction action is filed, a tenant does not have to simply accept that they will be evicted. Instead, they have the ability to bring certain legal defenses as to why they should not be evicted. In addition to these defenses, tenants may also file counterclaims against the landlord claiming wrongful action on the landlord’s part. A successful counterclaim can result in a reduction of rent owed or even monetary compensation to the tenant. The following are some common tenant counterclaims:

Contact a Tacoma eviction lawyer today to retain legal counsel

While the eviction process is often used by landlords to evict problematic tenants, it can also function as an opportunity for tenants to bring a legal action against a landlord for various issues. In addition, sometimes, an eviction action is the impetus for a tenant to bring an action against a landlord for a long-standing disagreement or condition. As a result, anyone who is party to an eviction action should retain legal counsel to ensure that their interests are protected. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Tacoma eviction attorneys, call the Dickson Frohlich today at 253-572-1000 or send us an email at reception@dicksonlegal.com.

References:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/implied_warranty_of_habitability
https://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=49.60

Attorney Robert Dickson

Attorney Robert DicksonThe core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners. His is a practical approach to law, which strives to balance the need for a successful legal outcome with a client’s financial goals (or constraints). Outside of his private practice, Rob serves as an adjunct professor at the Seattle University School of Law where he teaches real estate litigation. [ Attorney Bio ]