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We rent in Renton. Our HOA is threatening us with recourse

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We rent in Renton Washington. Our HOA is threatening us with recourse for having AC in the window. It is 90 plus degrees for the next couple weeks. We put ac in window. We would die literally with no AC and owner and HOA board do not care. What can we do??
JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state the association is in?
Customer: I already did
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: Yes
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Connect
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Legal Eagle replied 2 months ago.

Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. But not allowing you to put an air conditioner in your window when it is a 90 plus degrees,, this appears to be a violation of the implied covenant (promise) of good faith and fair dealing. Under the Uniform Commercial Code Section 1-304, every contract comes with implied promises from both parties that they are going to be acting fairly toward one another. The failure of one party to act fairly toward the other can result in a breach of contract. To facilitate your situation, there’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for advising of a breach of contract (click here). It's a bit easier (and cheaper) than going through litigation and I have seen it be effective in the past. If you send this letter and they do not respond, then you may want to consider bringing a lawsuit after that because it will be clear they will not be willing to settle the issue.

Follow up questions are free, so please feel free to ask away. You can also click here in the future to request me individually. If you don’t have any additional questions, were you satisfied with my service today?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
What a generic answer! We already know about breach of a fair contract. Im asking you to actually READ my paragraph and respond with a real time answer.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
You are seconds away from getting 1 star and being blogged as a fraud.
Expert:  Legal Eagle replied 2 months ago.

Excuse me, but you'll have to help me understand what you mean a little further than "What do I do??"

Expert:  Legal Eagle replied 2 months ago.

I provided a suggestion to you that you send a letter that suggests that the HOA is breaching their contract that they have with you as a homeowner for saying that you can't have an air conditioner.

Expert:  Legal Eagle replied 2 months ago.

Unless and until you provide additional information regarding your situation, I can't provide you any additional information. I read and reread your question and although it was generic as a question, I still provided a response that I believe what help your situation and one that I have seen hundreds of times in the last few months. If there is additional information that you would like to provide me so I can help you, I would be more than happy to help you.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I did not say What do I do" .
I asked you to simply and ethically read my paragraph. Impersonal and auto generated replies will not get you any fans.
Ill say it one more time... "what can we do?"
Expert:  Legal Eagle replied 2 months ago.

I'm going to opt out of this question. Hopefully another attorney can help you out and sort through your situation a little bit better. I will not converse with somebody that is going to consider calling me a fraud.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thirdly I did NOT say we are a home owner. You just lost your credibility.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Fake- generic- and borderline theft. Your responses will get you this time.
Expert:  Irwin Law replied 2 months ago.

What can we do??

Hello. I am a different expert. I'll try to provide you with an acceptable answer. You can either remove the unit or not. The dispute is not between you and the HOA. It is between the HOA and the owner. The HOA's next move will be to order the owner to remove the window AC, or be fined. It is up to the owner to either fight the HOA or give in and force you to remove it. That might constitute a breach of your lease with the owner and give you some recourse against the owner. Or, it could result in you being evicted. I can offer you a telephone conference if you wish, but there is an additional charge for that.

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Expert:  Irwin Law replied 2 months ago.

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