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Are you saying there is no smoke alarm presently in the kitchen?
And what city and state are you located?
Seattle codes does not necessarily require one in the kitchen. Here is a brochure covering what is required. They are required in all the bedrooms and also in hallways adjacent to the bedrooms.
If you want one in the kitchen you're going to have to ask to install that yourself, or have it done at your expense. Based on the code requirements the landlord is compliant if the bedrooms and adjacent hallway have them installed.
I suppose that depends on what the other 6 happen to be. Just because one wasn't actually an issue doesn't mean the others aren't.
The law requires you to give the landlord the chance to remedy them before you can terminate the lease. That would mean 10 days from the time you provide them written notice. It also depends on how much of an issue something happens to be before you can break the lease.
For example, if the spiders are really that bad, you could justify it. Security can be an issue like that, but I'm not sure what is lacking with security. The entry without notice must be an ongoing thing - if they just did it once you can't really terminate just on that.
Smaller things are when you ask for a discount on rent or take them to small claims court. But it all has to start with written notice giving the landlord the chance to remedy the issues.
We did discuss the spiders a couple days ago. That's the only issue of these that would actually be something that could justify terminating the lease early. The others are small claims type things that wouldn't be worth breaking a lease over.
Well, you are either staying or you're not. It's not anything more complicated than that, and you don't offer a new lease to a landlord over issues you're having with how they're maintaining the property.
If you've told her you're breaking the lease and have left she is right to assume you've broken the lease and abandoned the property. That doesn't mean she is going to stop trying to get rent from you that she believes you owe.
They both involve not continuing with the lease. Parties often disagree what is a permissible termination / breaking of a lease.
If you already said you were leaving and left it's not a violation to change the locks.