Habitability & Commercial Property
Tyson & Mendes defends property owners in litigation arising from habitability claims brought by tenants. The firm commonly handles and has a successful track record defending claims arising from:
- Failure to protect against the elements, such as a leaky roof or broken window
- Insufficient heating, including hot and cold running water
- Electrical issues, such as insufficient electricity or poor electrical wiring
- Sanitation issues, including problems arising from waste or pests
- Failure to keep the unit and building in good repair, including the stairways and common areas
- Appropriate security measures for the property
Our habitability team defends these and many more habitability claims on behalf of individual and commercial landlords with a demonstrated history of successful results.
Landlord and tenant law in Washington usually favors the tenant. However, a tenant can be the disfavored party when a clearly written, easily interpreted contract is involved. In Spokane Airport Board v. Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 79, the Washington Supreme Court adhered to the contract in question, siding with the landlord.
A Florida jury awarded $48,257,922 to a tenant who lived in an apartment with “toxic” mold for approximately one and a half years. This verdict included $35 million for past and future pain and suffering and $10 million...
In an attempt to improve living conditions and balance the bargaining positions of landlords and tenants, Washington passed the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act of 1973 (RLTA)
California’s dog bite statute, Civil Code 3342, is one of the strictest dog laws in the country. Unfortunately, the possibility of civil liability rarely crosses the mind of dog owners but dog bite cases are common and injuries are more severe than one may expect. In California, dog owners must compensate victims whether their dog showed signs of aggression in the past or not.