No Attorney Fees for Eviction after Foreclosure

The buyer of a house at a foreclosure auction is generally entitled to possession twenty days after the foreclosure sale, but with protections of tenants of the former owner under both state and federal laws.


If the occupants to not vacate, the buyer may evict via an unlawful detainer action the occupants of the foreclosed property.

A recent Washington Supreme Court case clarified that attorney fees are not available in a post-foreclosure eviction action.[1]

If you have purchased a foreclosed property that has occupants, and have questions about obtaining possession – contact our law firm for a free initial consultation.

by Seattle landlord attorney Travis Scott Eller



[1] Fannie Mae v. Steinmann, ____ Wn.2d ____ (No. 90117-1 October 23, 2014).