Complaint: Mr Kenneth Enslow had a ad on Craigslist for a commercial building he had for rent. The address was 7521 Bridgeport Way W. Lakewood WA 98499. He initally agreed to rent me out the building and took a $2000 security deposit and said he will finalised the paperwork that night and to give him a call back around 5pm. I called at 5 no answer and i left multiple messages. I continued to call every hour and nothing… After a whole day of not knowing what was going on or what had happened I message him the next morning telling him this is ridiculous and give me back my security deposit if he wanted to play games. He finally calls me back and we have a conflict over the phone. He then says deal is off and I tell him I want my money back. Ken tells me he just deposited the money and it will take a few days and as soon as it clears he will pay me back. I contacted my bank and they told me the check cleared two days prior and still Ken has not contacted me in returning my money. At this point I have been calling him, messaging him, emailing him and no response. Legally he has no right to hold on to my deposit when I never moved into the location and legally he had no right to take a deposit from me after reviewing Washington state laws located below. 59.18.260Moneys paid as deposit or security for performance by tenant u2014 Written rental agreement to specify terms and conditions for retention by landlord u2014 Written checklist required. If any moneys are paid to the landlord by the tenant as a deposit or as security for performance of the tenant’s obligations in a lease or rental agreement, the lease or rental agreement shall be in writing and shall include the terms and conditions under which the deposit or portion thereof may be withheld by the landlord upon termination of the lease or rental agreement. If all or part of the deposit may be withheld to indemnify the landlord for damages to the premises for which the tenant is responsible, the rental agreement shall be in writing and shall so specify. No deposit may be collected by a landlord unless the rental agreement is in writing and a written checklist or statement specifically describing the condition and cleanliness of or existing damages to the premises and furnishings, including, but not limited to, walls, floors, countertops, carpets, drapes, furniture, and appliances, is provided by the landlord to the tenant at the commencement of the tenancy. The checklist or statement shall be signed and dated by the landlord and the tenant, and the tenant shall be provided with a copy of the signed checklist or statement. No such deposit shall be withheld on account of normal wear and tear resulting from ordinary use of the premises. The tenant has the right to request one free replacement copy of the written checklist. If the landlord collects a deposit without providing a written checklist at the commencement of the tenancy, the landlord is liable to the tenant for the amount of the deposit, and the prevailing party may recover court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees. This section does not limit the tenant’s right to recover moneys paid as damages or security under RCW 59.18.280. [2011 c 132 u00a7 13; 1983 c 264 u00a7 6; 1973 1st ex.s. c 207 u00a7 26.] I have never recieved any paperwork from him nor any type of checklist and he just took the security deposit. I made sure it was in the form of a check so I had proof from my bank who took the funds from my bank. We had an oral agreement, he said if things don’t go through he will return my money immediately no problem. That after i give him the security deposit he would hold onto it and hold the building for me, that all the for rent signs will come off along with the ad’s on craigslist. None of this was true, even after giving him the security deposit all ads were still up including on the internet and signs were still posted for rent near the building. I have been contacting him repeatedly with no response and I feel that I have been ripped off of $2000 and I don’t know when I am going to get it back. But luckily I do have proof I had a witness with me when he made that oral contract about the security deposit and I have all my phone statements showing how many times i tried to call and message him and showing that he had not even responded, along with his license plate number and office he works out of. I told him he had an oral contract and since he is violating his own contract he is stealing! I want my money back, $2000 is a lot of money and he has no reason to hold onto it after the check had cleared and he never let me even occupy the place or rented it out to me. I believe he is a liar and a cheat with horrible business practices and would recommend anyone to never work with this man! On top of that he already said I was approved for the place and I spent the whole day landscaping all the flower beds, it was completely let go. It was all overgrown and I cleaned it all up because he told me to go ahead i can work on it and he promised to give me the building key the next day and I could work on the outside for now. Basically now I just did all that landscaping for him for free too. He totally not only took my money but tricked me into doing his landscaping. I have many photo’s to prove it!
Address: 7144 Interlaaken Drive SW lakewood, Washington USA
Phone: (253) 405-6016