Experienced Real Property Attorney
Attorney Travis Scott Eller focuses much of his practice on real property law. Travis Eller provides eviction service, handles landlord-tenant litigation, and helps landlords defend civil rights and fair housing complaints.
Travis Eller has decades of litigation experience, including quiet title actions, earnest money agreement disputes, disputes involving homeowners associations, and ejectment actions. In landlord-tenant matters Mr. Eller represents residential landlords, commercial landlords, and commercial tenants.
Mr. Eller handles eviction hearings, trials, and cases in the Court of Appeals. Clients include large multi-unit apartment complexes, property management firms, individual landlords renting a single-family home or condo unit, and small and medium size businesses.
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy awarded Travis Eller its “Advocate” designation.
Mr. Eller gives lectures at landlord-tenant seminars attended by rental property owners, property managers, and other attorneys.
Commercial evictions. We regularly handle commercial landlord-tenant disputes. We represent both commercial tenants and landlords throughout the Puget Sound area.
Residential evictions. With recent changes in residential landlord-tenant law it is more important than ever to have an experienced landlord-tenant attorney in you corner. The residential eviction process has been impacted by recent changes in landlord-tenant law on both the state and local level. Familiarity with local law is a must. We have represented residential landlords in eviction cases for many years.
Some localities, such as Seattle, Tacoma, and Federal Way, have additional legal requirements for residential tenancies. Be sure to use eviction notice forms appropriate for your rental property location.
Post-foreclosure evictions. The successful bidder at a foreclosure auction is entitled to possession against former owners and non-tenant occupants twenty days after the sale. If the foreclosed former owner refuses to vacate, the buyer must evict the occupants (even if there are no tenants in the property). If the foreclosed property is occupied by tenants of the former owner, there are additional requirements.
Landlord-Tenant Law FAQs
No. The state-wide eviction moratorium does not prevent commercial evictions. Its does prohibit rent increases if the business is impacted by COVID-19.
There are local eviction moratoriums that apply to commercial properties. Check with an attorney if unsure.
Rent and other charges are owed and you can bill the tenants. You cannot serve a notice to pay rent or vacate.
My tenant has money but refuses to pay rent. Since the failure to pay is not COVID related, can I evict?
Tenants owe rent, but you cannot evict them during the moratorium even of they simply refuse to pay.
No. During the eviction moratorium you cannot serve a 14-day or other formal notice on your tenant.
No. You cannot evict a tenant during the eviction moratorium, even if the non-payment or other grounds for eviction occurred before the eviction moratorium.
I emailed the notice. I know the tenant got the notice. That counts as service of the notice in court, right?
Proper service of an eviction notice (pay rent or vacate, or etc.) requires someone to go to the rental property and knock on the door. There are detailed instructions on serving eviction notices on this website, and our downloadable eviction notice forms come with a page of instructions.
In Tacoma, do I have to give 60 days notice to a month-to-month tenant, or 60 days before the end of the lease?
Yes, if the property is residential.
I have no written rental agreement. Do I still have to go through the eviction process? Do the new laws apply to me?
It makes no difference whether the agreement was reduced to writing, or was only an oral agreement. If someone is paying you (or is supposed to pay you) to live in your property, you are a landlord and they are a tenant. All the eviction and landlord-tenant laws apply.
Ironically, it some situations it may be faster to evict a tenant than someone who lives in your property without an obligation to pay.
Federal Way has a good cause eviction law that limits a residential landlord’s right to evict a tenant to certain enumerated grounds. Some causes, such as the landlord’s intent to move into the property, require 120 days notice.
Specific additional language is required in notices issued in Federal Way. Be sure to use our Federal Way specific forms.