Local laws are often important in landlord-tenant matters. It is important to consider how local landlord-tenant laws may impact your situation, and to consult with a lawyer familiar with local law.
Tacoma Residential Evictions
Tacoma local landlord-tenant laws impose special requirements on residential landlords.
At the beginning of all residential tenancies Tacoma landlords must give the tenant a landlord-tenant law summary.
Terminating a residential month-to-month tenancy requires 60 days notice under Tacoma law.
Tacoma residential landlords must give 60 days notice to increase the rent.
Tacoma residential tenants may pay deposits in installments.
Violations of these laws can lead to imposition of civil penalties.
The City of Tacoma has published a Rental Housing Code summary.
When serving an eviction notice (a notice to pay rent or vacate, a notice to comply or vacate, or a notice to terminate tenancy) the landlord must also serve a Resource Guide drafted by the City of Tacoma. There is a specific form for each type of notice.
These rules only apply to residential tenancies, and only to rental properties located within the city of Tacoma. A property may have a Tacoma mailing address, but not be in the city limits. Check your property if uncertain.
Tacoma Commercial Evictions
The Tacoma tenants rights laws apply only to residential tenancies. Commercial tenancies are subject to the same Washington state landlord-tenant laws that apply state-wide.
The commercial eviction process is very similar to the residential eviction process, but varies in some important aspects.
Free Tenant Attorneys
Residential tenants in Pierce County get a free attorney in court. When an eviction is lost, it is often due to a procedural in the eviction process. Many errors can be avoided if the landlord retains an eviction attorney.
Tacoma Landlord-Tenant Lawyer
Travis Scott Eller is an experienced eviction attorney who has served landlords in Tacoma and Pierce County for many years. Mr. Eller regularly files unlawful detainer actions (evictions) in Pierce County, where he has argued many eviction hearings and trials.
The eviction laws and procedures vary according to circumstances. We handle all types of evictions in Pierce County, including: commercial evictions, residential evictions, mobile home park evictions, and post-foreclosure evictions.
Eviction cases are heard in Superior Court in a given county. For Pierce County that means the case will be heard, if a hearing becomes necessary, in the City-County Building at 930 Tacoma Ave South, Tacoma. We will give you more details if your eviction case gets to that point.
He has taught Continuing Legal Education courses on landlord-tenant law, including landlord-tenant law seminars in Tacoma.
We have a Tacoma office location. However, office visits are not necessary to start an eviction.
Please contact us for an initial consultation.