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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eviction Service

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 evictionsThe 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.

New Laws Mandate New Language in Eviction Notices

At both the state and local level new laws mandate changes in the language of important landlord-tenant documents, including the 14-day notice to pay rent or vacate as well as legal pleadings used in court. Failure to include legally required language in eviction documents is a defense to eviction and could lead to dismissal of ...

New Seattle Tenant Protections in Response to COVID Crisis

Seattle has passed three new tenant protection laws in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Inability to pay defense. For a six-month period after the mayor’s residential eviction moratorium ends, tenants may raise an inability to pay as a defense. This law does not prevent landlords from starting an eviction action, and the tenant must come ...

Seattle Bans Winter Evictions

The Seattle City Council passed a law banning residential evictions between December 1 and March 1. The law does not apply to landlords who own fewer than five rental units within Seattle. The winter eviction ban does not apply when the owner or an immediate family member intends to move into the rental as their ...

City of Seattle to Consider Eviction Ban

The City of Seattle is expected to vote on February 10 a new law to would ban evictions every year from November through April. There is a proposed state law that would prohibit this type of local law. If the law passes it will almost certainly be challenged in court as unconstitutional. ...

Federal Way Limits Landlords’ Eviction Remedies

The recently passed Federal Way “Stable Housing” initiative limits the grounds upon which landlords may evict tenants. These limits apply even if the tenant is month-to-month. The eviction grounds include non-payment of rent and other breaches of the rental agreement, or the tenant commits waste or nuisance. Some eviction grounds require 120-day notice. These grounds ...

Seattle First in Time Law Upheld

The controversial Seattle First in Time law was recently upheld by the Washington Supreme Court. Under the First in Time law, Seattle landlords seeking to fill vacant residential tenancies must provide notice of their rental criteria, screen applications in chronological order, and offer the tenancy to the first qualified applicant, subject to certain exceptions. Notice ...

Landlord-Tenant Law FAQs

Yes.

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.

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