1 April, 2001
1124 Newport Way
Seattle, WA 98122
Dear Brian Thomas:
This letter is being drafted after 12 consecutive months of frustration due to living in the construction zone that is 1126 Newport Way. Over the course of a year we have asked you – both in formal “house meetings” and in everyday conversation – to finalize the work you started so we can live in peace again. You have disregarded all oral attempts made on our part to identify this problem to you, you have evaded all attempts to create any sort of work schedule, and you have refused to adhere to a timeline to see the work through to completion. Your regular appearances as a construction worker in the house we currently rent from you are unwanted, disruptive, invasive, and – after all our attempts to address this uncomfortable situation – disrespectful to our personal space that is our home. We need to re-establish the boundaries between our space and yours.
By offering up this unit as a rental, by law you relinquish certain visitation rights to the house. We would like to keep relations amiable, on good terms, and without bringing legal policy into the equation. However, for the record, section RCW 59.18.150 of The Landlord-Tenant Act of Washington State specifically states:
The landlord shall not abuse the right of access [to the house] or use it to harass the tenant. Except in the case of emergency or if it is impracticable to do so, the landlord shall give the tenant at least two days' notice of his or her intent to enter and shall enter only at reasonable times…A landlord shall not unreasonably interfere with a tenant's enjoyment of the rented dwelling unit by excessively exhibiting the dwelling unit….A landlord or tenant who continues to violate this section after being served with one written notification alleging in good faith violations of this section listing the date and time of the violation shall be liable for up to one hundred dollars for each violation after receipt of the notice.
On the date of March 20, 2001 at 8:30 in the morning, as well as countless other days, you failed to give us proper notice of your intent to enter our unit and entered without consent.
We believe that as soon as the noisy work you are doing on the house stops, also will the tension between you and us. For the sanity and mental health of everyone involved we need you to halt all further work on the house effective immediately. This means the upstairs room is done. This means no new projects. The type of work and repairs this house requires simply cannot be completed while you are renting the unit out to tenants. It is driving us crazy.
If you would like to enter our unit to do a necessary or agreed upon repair, inspection, or improvement please be sure to give us the 48 hours notice required by law. Other than entering and leaving the basement of our unit for laundry purposes only you do not need to be in the portion of the house we rent from you.
If you object to these rules you must let us know within 24 hours of receiving this letter. Otherwise, the line has been drawn. We regret that things have gotten to this point, but this is approaching an un-livable situation. Accept this agreement and let’s be friends again.
Jeremy Crikket Brewer