Landlord-Tenant Law

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 registry or serve a sworn […]


Dueling Landlord and Tenants

Court of Appeals rules on commercial lease dispute. Commercial tenant Outloud Entertainment Group, Inc. rented two spaces from its commercial landlord Group 44, Inc.—one rental space in Seattle and the other in Tacoma.   Tenant Outloud operated dueling piano bars in the spaces. The commercial lease required tenant Outloud to pay base rent plus monthly assessments […]


Commercial Lease Co-Signer Not Liable

A landlord and tenant entered into a commercial lease. The landlord required an additional signer as security. The lease expired. The tenants were current on the rent at the time the lease expired. The tenants stayed in possession and began a month-to-month tenancy. The tenants soon fell behind on rent, a moved out after several […]


New Law Clarifies Process for Tenants who Avoid Service

To start an eviction lawsuit in Washington (a.k.a. an unlawful detainer action) the landlord must first serve applicable notices such as a notice to pay rent or vacate, comply or vacate, or a notice to terminate a month to month tenancy. Next, the landlord must serve a summons and a complaint. The same type of […]


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 […]