Ashlee Rousey rented her very first apartment in January. She had only lived there a month when the management filed an eviction against her that wasn't legal. But the court record itself could mark her as a person landlords won't rent to for years to come.
She and her lawyer are now fighting to suppress the record in a potentially precedent-setting case that's headed to state appeals court.
Rousey, 22, is a receptionist and the mother of a two-year-old boy. After moving into Federal Way's Crestview West Apartments, the child's father tried to take up residence with her, but Rousey decided that wasn't a good idea and, on Feb. 24, she asked her boyfriend to go.
He became hostile and threatened her, she says, at one point hurling a rock at a window of the apartment. Rousey called the police, who issued a no-trespassing order for the boyfriend. She then went to the management office to explain what happened, but a person there told her that if she didn't agree to move out by month's end, she and her belongings would be thrown out. Crestview's lawyers followed on March 4 by serving Rousey with unlawful detainer papers