I have rented a 4 bedroom house for a year and a half. About 6 months ago I got married and adopted 5 kids, and they all moved into my house.
A few weeks ago my landlord sent me a letter saying she wanted to do a routine safety inspection. She came, she pointed out a couple things she wanted us to do, fix a doorknob, have the carpets professionally cleaned, and put a plastic curtain over the windows in the showers. We have done all that, but since then she has sent a fixit guy to do some things in the house, and he has apparently complained to her about our house being messy.
She is now calling me at work saying she is up at night terrified we are destroying the house. She just inspected it and we have fixed everything she wanted us to. What more can we do? She is now saying to me she doesn’t feel comfortable with us being there, and doesn’t want to renew our lease when it expires.
This landlord runs the largest property managing company in this area. She is basically saying she doesn’t want us to live there because we have a large family. After inspecting she found no significant problems, and we continue to spend time and energy taking care of any problems she tells us about. We can’t do anything about the fact that she wakes up in the night with visions of 5 children tearing her property apart. It isn’t reality.
We have offered to let her come inspect the house every month if she wants. My wife is in school and we will be buying a house in 1 year. If she refuses to renew our lease, we are basically out of luck, because they are the biggest property management company in town. We pay on time, we don’t damage anything, she just doesn’t like the idea of a big family living in one of her houses?!
Do we have any recourse if she refuses to renew our lease? Can we say she is discriminating against us simply because we have children? BTW we live in Washington state. Thanks in advance for any advice.