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Belara at Lakeland

6170 Terrace View Ln SE
Auburn, WA 98092
(253) 351-8883
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Belara at Lakeland - Auburn, WA
Belara at Lakeland - Auburn, WA
Belara at Lakeland - Auburn, WA


Editorial review from Citysearch 2/4/2014

In 2013, I lived in an apartment at Belara, which is owned and operated by Riverstone. Riverstone kept my full security deposit in an unlawful manner. Riverstone also required me to pay a $200 nonrefundable administration fee before I was provided with a written lease, which is a violation of RCW 59.18.285. \r \r Riverstone kept my entire security deposit, but did not specify why they kept the money or provide the documentation indicating there were damages or anything like that. This was very frustrating, because I had the apartment professionally cleaned before moving out. It is also illegal. A landlord is required to provide the tenant with a “full and specific statement of the basis for retaining any of the deposit” pursuant to RCW 59.18.280, which Riverstone never did. Also, these charges cannot be the result of normal wear and tear of the property, per RCW 59.18.260. I only lived there for a few months while my husband was on contract with the local hospital and there was no damage, nor did Riverstone ever allege there was! \r \r Riverstone just kept the security deposit without complying with the law. When I brought the mistake to their attention, first, they ignored my letters. When I finally got to talk to someone, the guy just didn’t care. Nor was he able to offer any explanation as to why keeping it would be justified. I think it was because he knew we had moved out of state due to my husband’s traveling medical job, so that we couldn’t sue them in local court.\r \r If you had similar problems with Riverstone, you should file a small claims case against them. I wish I could, but you will need to appear in person, and we’ve moved out of state. In King County, the cost of filing a small claims case is only $35, and you can recover this $35 if you win the case. In Pierce County, it’s only $39. File your claim in the county where you rented the apartment, as that is the one that will have jurisdiction over your claim. If you had a problem with your security deposit, the court can also award damages of up to two times the amount of the total security deposit. \r \r Small claims court is set up so that non-attorneys are able to file law suits. You will need to file a Notice of Small Claims form with the court (available by web search “NOTICE OF SMALL CLAIM - King County”), and serve this form on the defendant. Web search “Small Claims Court Overview - King County” for a helpful website on how the small claims process works. You can also contact the court clerk by calling the nearest District Court, who can answer basic procedural questions. \r \r The claims you will want to make may include violations of the statutory sections mentioned in this review, or your may want to file for breach of contract if there are other ways in which you feel Riverstone failed to live up to its promises. The other good side of filing a small claim is that Riverstone may actually listen to you, because if they don’t want to settle the matter outside of court, they will have to pay an attorney an estimated $200+ per hour to appear in court to explain Riverstone’s unlawful actions to the judge.\r \r Good luck!\r \r more
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  • Belara Apartment Homes~ Luxury Resort Style living conveniently located in Lakeland Hills. ive better at Belara.... Bordered by pristine, wooded greenbelt and overlooking Lakeland's best sweeping valley views...there is no other place to call home for 2013. Striking granite finishing, built in computer desk, maple or cherry finish cabinetry, electric heat-efficient fireplaces and spacious nine foot ceilings give you the comfort of home, the pleasures of a resort and the appeal of the Lakeland community. Work Hard. Play Harder. Belara's Lakeland location gives you the most out of your day with restaurants and shopping within minutes and golfing is just across the street. Make time to unwind in the spa, work out in the fitness room or play hoops in our indoor gym. Enjoy a cup of coffee in our resident lounge, reserve our gourmet kitchen or take in the breathtaking views from our view terrace. At Belara, you are surrounded by life's many pleasures. * $99 Special on select units only.

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