Tacoma Landlord Tenant Attorney

New Tacoma Tenant Rights Law.

Tacoma has a new tenant rights law affecting all residential tenancies, including for existing tenants. The Tacoma Tenant Rights law imposes several requirements on landlords. 

Distribution of information. 

  1. Prospective tenants. Landlords are required to provide rental criteria to prospective tenants who apply.  Landlords are also required to provide a website address where tenants can get information about that rental property and landlord, including the history of any building code violations and discrimination complaints. Tacoma landlords must also provide a website address that provides voter registration information.
  2. Actual tenants.  Landlords must serve the City’s a landlord-tenant law summary to all existing tenants, and to all applicants to whom the landlord offers a lease.  
  3. Unlawful detainer notices (eviction notices).  When serving eviction notices, such as a 3-day notice to pay rent or vacate, landlords must also provide a Resource Summary drafted by the City. The City of Tacoma has a custom Resource Summary that must be served with the corresponding type of eviction notice (notice to pay rent or vacate, notice to comply or vacate, notice to terminate tenancy, or waste/nuisance notice). 

Eviction Forms for Tacoma Residential Tenancies 

Use these forms for residential tenancies in the city of Tacoma. Use Washington state forms for commercial tenancies, and for Pierce County residential tenancies outside the city of Tacoma. 

Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate

For Tacoma residential properties, serve both of these forms: 

City of Tacoma required additional form for Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate

Residential Fourteen Day Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate.pdf


Notice to Comply or Vacate

For Tacoma residential properties, serve both of these forms: 

Resources Summary-Comply or Vacate [City of Tacoma website]

Notice to Comply or Vacate (“Ten-day Notice”) – Tacoma

Notice to Terminate Tenancy

To terminate a month-to-month residential tenancy in Tacoma requires at least 60 days notice. The termination date must be the last day of a month (not 60 days from the current date). For Tacoma residential properties, serve both of these forms:  

Resources Summary-Notice to Terminate Tenancy [City of Tacoma website]

Notice Terminating Tenancy (“60-day notice”)- Tacoma

Additional notice for no-cause evictions. 

Tacoma landlords must now provide at least 60-days notice to terminate a month-to-month tenancy. The state-wide rule is  a 20-day notice. Note that the last day must be the last day of a rental period, not merely 60 days from the current date. The last day of a rental period is typically the last day of a calendar month.  

Under some circumstances the landlord must give a 90-day notice. The 90-day rules applies if the landlord is seeking possession to demolish, change the use of, or renovate the building. 

 Additional notice for rent increases. 

Tacoma landlords must give 60 days notice of rent increases. 

Pierce County residential tenants get a free attorney.

The Housing Justice Project offers free legal representation to residential tenants in Pierce County.   It is prudent for landlords to have legal counsel as well, particularly in light of the new Tenant Rights laws in Tacoma. 

Tacoma landlord-tenant attorney Travis Scott Eller.

Travis Eller has represented landlords for over twenty years.

Many evictions go through a show cause hearing, and some eviction cases go all the way to trial.  Travis Eller has handled thousands of show cause hearings and has tried many eviction cases, including in Pierce County.

Mr. Eller frequently lectures at continuing legal education seminars on landlord-tenant law. In Tacoma, Mr. Eller taught landlord-tenant seminars on Ethics in 2012, Landlord and Tenant Obligations in 2013, and Landlord and Tenant Obligations in 2014.

Mr. Eller accepts residential eviction cases, commercial eviction cases, mobile home park evictions, as well as post-foreclosure eviction cases.

If you have a landlord-tenant issue in Tacoma or anywhere in Pierce County please contact our landlord-tenant attorney.