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Our eviction service.

Our eviction lawyer practices landlord-tenant law in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties in the state of Washington.  We handle residential, commercial, and post-foreclosure evictions. We provide eviction service for landlords in residential eviction cases, and represent both landlord and tenant clients in commercial eviction cases. An experienced and reputable eviction lawyer will handle your eviction case from start to finish at a competitive rate.

New residential landlord-tenant laws.

Many new residential lanlord-tenant laws have been enacted at both the state and local levels. State law requires a 14-day notice for residential tenants and gives tenants more procedural rights in court. Seattle, Tacoma, Burien, and Federal Way have all enacted new landlord-tenant laws. With all the new laws it is more important than ever to consult with a lawyer before taking any action.

Eviction.

If a tenant does not comply with the initial eviction notice, or does not voluntarily vacate at the end of the lease term, the landlord must litigate the eviction case in court (known as an unlawful detainer action).

Tacoma residential evictions.

Tacoma residential landlord-tenant laws impose many requirements on landlords. These include

  • 60 days notice of rent increases
  • Giving all tenants a Landlord-Tenant Law Summary
  • Serving a Resources Guide with all eviction notices
  • accepting deposits in installments
  • 60 days notice to terminate month-to-month tenancies

Contact a landlord-tenant lawyer with any questions about how these laws affect you as a landlord.

Burien just cause eviction.

Burien residential landlords must have just cause to evict tenants.

Tenants may be evicted for breaching the terms of the lease or rental agreement. Failure to comply with a notice to pay rent or vacate or notice to comply or vacate are just causes to evict.

The landlord may terminate a tenancy with 90 days' notice if the landlord or an immediate family member intend to occupy the rental unit as their primary residence. The landlord may terminate the tenancy with 90 days' notice if the landlord intends to sell the property. With 120 days’ notice the landlord may terminate a tenancy to do demolish the building; do substantial rehabilitation to the property; or to convert the property to a cooperative, condominium, or nonresidential use.

The owner may terminate a tenancy if the owner seeks to discontinue sharing the owner’s own housing unit.

Note that these provisions do not authorize a landlord to break a lease. If the tenant is still within the term of an unexpired lease, the landlord cannot end the tenancy so long as the tenant is in compliance with the terms of the rental agreement contract.

There are other less common just cause eviction grounds.