My question involves landlord-tenant law in Washington State.
Over the past several months my apartment has had water leakage issues. Water leaks out from my hallway wall and saturates the carpet in my hallway and bedroom. This has happened 8 times. Each time the apartment management has addressed the issue within a few days.
Usually addressing the issue takes multiple entries, removing the shelving and sink from my bathroom (where the access to pipes behind the wall is), and plugging in large industrial dryers to my unit's electrical outlets so they can run, loudly, for days.
The water leaks smell horrible, are extremely disruptive, and have given me admittedly minor financial burdens with cleaning supplies, a small vet bill (my dog lapped up some of the water and started vomiting), etc.
I've complained mercilessly to the management and thus far all they have been willing to do is give me a $100 visa gift card. They have refused to do anything else.
I'll note that I did withhold this months rent until the latest leak was resolved, and they have charged me late fees and served a 3-day notice because of it. This was my mistake for not putting it in escrow.
Can I take them to small-claims for this? Can I get out of my lease? Any advice would be appreciated!