Travis Scott Eller is an experienced landlord attorney serving Seattle/King County, Tacoma/Pierce County, and Everett/Snohomish County. He focuses much of his practice on landlord-tenant law. Mr. Eller handles both residential and commercial evictions.
He gives lectures at landlord-tenant seminars to rental property owners, property managers, and other attorneys. Mr. Eller is knowledgeable, experienced, well known to the courts and the sheriff’s civil units, and regularly handles a volume of landlord-tenant cases.
Mr. Eller is active in the public speaking educational organization Toastmasters, is a member of the high IQ society MENSA, and has achieved the “Advocate” designation with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Use of the correct form, and correct use of the form, are essential for a successful eviction. Even if actually received by the tenant, a notice form or other eviction document not served correctly is not valid in court, and may lead to the eviction case being dismissed.
We post a lot of information about Washington landlord-tenant law as well as free eviction forms on this website. The information is general in nature and not advice for your particular circumstances. Use of the information or forms on this website does not create an attorney-client relationship.
The eviction forms are intended for Washington and not for any other jurisdiction. Even in Washington the choice of a particular form or the manner in which it is used may not be correct for particular circumstances. For advice about your circumstances consult with a landlord-tenant attorney.
The eviction process.
Self-help eviction is illegal in Washington. A landlord may not force a tenant out by changing locks, turning off utilities, or other strong-arm measures. This is true whether or not there was a written lease or rental agreement. The landlord is legally required to go through the unlawful detainer court process, even if the landlord just wants the property back and does not care about money owed.
The commercial eviction process and the residential eviction process are similar, but not identical. In residential evictions in many Washington counties the tenant can have a free attorney. Some defenses that might apply in a residential eviction case–such as habitability–would not apply in a commercial eviction.
Both residential and commercial evictions usually involve an initial eviction notice–such as a notice to pay rent or vacate, notice to comply or vacate, or notice to terminate the tenancy. These initial eviction notices are not always required–as when a lease expires by its terms, or in post-foreclosure evictions.
Next the landlord must have a third party served the tenant with legal pleadings. Depending on the actions of the tenant, eviction may require further court procedures. Eventually, if the tenant does not vacate the sheriff will post a writ on the property giving the tenant a statutory period in which to vacate. If the tenant still fails to vacate, the sheriff will ultimately physically evict the tenant.
In Seattle, a landlord in a residential eviction must also comply with the just cause eviction ordinance.
Retaining an attorney with the knowledge and experience to guide your case through the eviction process can save time and money.
 Our rates are the same for all three counties. The sheriff fee varies from county to county.