Washington Eviction Law

By A. Marva Gladden
Eviction proceedings, a court appearance
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The legal actions of a landlord to have a tenant removed from her rental property is called an eviction. In Washington, specific procedures and strict rules must be followed.

Proper Notice

A landlord must give her tenant proper notice to vacate the premises. The landlord must serve the eviction notice using specific procedures.

Landlords Prohibited From Locking Tenant Out

Landlords are prohibited from locking a tenant out of the rental premises and cannot take the tenant's property because of nonpayment of rent.

Landlord Must File a Lawsuit

When a tenant does not vacate after receiving proper notice, the landlord must file a lawsuit to have the tenant removed.

Tenant Entitled to Court Hearing

If the tenant disputes the reasons for the eviction, the tenant can file additional paperwork with the courts to instigate a court hearing.

Sheriff Can Physically Evict Tenant

If the tenant loses a court hearing, the landlord cannot evict the tenant himself. The sheriff would be ordered to physically evict a tenant and the tenant's property in the unit. The sheriff can physically remove the tenant after an "unlawful detainer lawsuit" has been filed.

Successful Party Can Recoup Lawyer Fees

In an eviction dispute, the successful party is entitled to recoup court costs and attorney fees.

About the Author

A. Marva Gladden is a freelance writer and search engine consultant who has been creating content for various websites since 1999. Current projects include content creation for health- and travel-related websites, search engine analysis, consulting and copy editing. She attended New York University and volunteers as an ESL instructor when not working on her other projects.