Washington Eviction Process


Free Tenant Attorneys Return to Pierce County

In residential evictions in some Washington counties the tenant can get a free attorney. All Pierce County eviction cases are heard in the Superior Court in Tacoma. Several years ago free attorneys were available to residential tenants in Tacoma, then the free attorney service disappeared for a few years–perhaps an […]


An Attorney is Required in Court for LLCs and Corporations

Any LLC or corporation appearing as a party in a lawsuit must be represented by an attorney. A non-lawyer cannot represent a professional services corporation, even if he or she is the corporation’s sole director, officer, and shareholder. This rule applies in eviction cases (a.k.a. unlawful detainer actions), and applies […]


Landlord-Tenant Disputes Subject to Mandatory Arbitration

A tenant and her landlords disputed certain conditions in the property. The landlords believed the tenant was allowing damage to the property by improperly leaving windows open.   When the tenant requested certain repairs, the landlords while in the property making the unrelated repairs nailed a window shut and disabled […]


Court of Appeals Upholds Eviction of Residential Tenant

After several unsuccessful attempts to personally serve a tenant with a summons and complaint, the landlord got a court order allowing service. The landlord then had a process server post and mail the summons and complaint along with a notice requiring the tenant to either pay rent into the court […]


Landlords and Power of Attorney

  Corporations and LLCs when appearing in court must be represented by an attorney. “Washington law…requires individuals appearing before the court on behalf of another party to be licensed in the practice of law.” [1]  Accordingly, “corporations appearing in court proceedings must be represented by an attorney.”[2]  This is true […]