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Why Choose Baldwin Legal Group as your Eviction Attorneys?
Knowing the ins and outs of Washington’s Landlord Tenant Law, local judge’s preferences, and idiosyncratic court procedure can be very hard to do on your own. You need to hire a team of professionals that are ready to help you and walk you through every step of the way in your eviction case.
We know that for every passing day that a problem tenant remains on the property, the landlord loses money in the form of lost rental income. With that said, a lawyer who knows the intricacies of the legal eviction process can close an eviction case much faster than a non-attorney. We offer a highly specialized and systemized approach to eviction cases. We have years of experience in eviction law and we have a focus on delivering decisive legal advocacy and professional representation at all times.
We prosecute eviction cases in Thurston, Pierce, Kitsap, Lewis, and Mason counties for our valued landlords. Because we represent the Washington Landlord Association (WLA) and it’s many members, we are able to offer affordable court representation...and we are generally willing to match our competitors’ rates. Baldwin Legal Group will provide you with the expertise of vetted, bona-fide, legal professionals who work at the legislature writing and defending the RLTA and landlords’ rights. We have the requisite experience in the practice of Washington’s Landlord Tenant Law to make your case successful.
Unlawful Detainers (Evictions) in Washington State
Most evictions in WA are governed by RCW 59.18 - Residential Landlord Tenant Act (link) or RCW 59.20 - Manufactured Housing Landlord Tenant Act (link).
Eviction Process Steps and Timelines
The steps of a typical eviction process are roughly the following:
The Tenant breaches the lease by either not paying rent or performing some act or omission that materially violates the rental lease.
The Landlord posts a 3 day or 10 day notice on the door, and the tenant must respond to the Landlord’s notice within 3 or 10 days, depending on the type of notice that is posted.
If the Tenant does not respond to the notice, an eviction lawsuit must be initiated in the county where the property is located.
The Landlord then sends a copy of the notice and a copy of the lease (if written), and the lawyer drafts the eviction Summons and Complaint and hires a process server for service on the Defendant. If personal service is not possible then Alternate Service may be authorized by the court but the Plaintiff may then only recover possession of the premises, no money judgment is allowed.
After being served with the eviction summons, the Tenant has 7 days to answer the Complaint.
If the Tenant does not Answer the Complaint 7 days after being served with the eviction summons, the Landlord can get a “Default Judgment” from the court as well as a “Writ of Restitution”.
The Writ of Restitution allows that if the tenant is still on the property after judgment is entered against them and the Sheriff has posted the Writ, the county Sheriff may forcibly remove the tenant, if necessary.
The County Sheriff will coordinate a date and time with Landlord or Landlord’s agent to remove the Tenant, be there for the change the locks if necessary, and remove any of the Tenant’s personal belongings out unto the closest public right-of-way.
The time it takes to complete an eviction varies depending on the process server, the county judge, and sheriffs’ schedules.