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If you do not have a written rental agreement, you are legally considered month-to-month tenants. The fact that the landlord is also a relative unfortunately has no legal bearing on the landlord/tenant relationship. A landlord can ask a month-to-month tenant to leave at any time, for any reason (or no reason), by giving written notice at least 20 days prior to the end of the month. RCW 59.18.200
. That means that she can give you a written notice (at this point, the earliest she can ask you to leave is September 30) and then she can file for eviction if you do not vacate.
A landlord is not permitted to change the locks, turn of utilities, or forcibly remove a tenant from rented premises. If she does that, you could sue for your damages, plus attorney's fees. RCW 59.18.290
. On the flip side, if she gives you proper notice to vacate and you do not leave, she can sue you for her damages, plus attorney's fees. I mention that because attorney's fees can be expensive.
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