Seattle and Tacoma Eviction Proceedings Attorneys

Assisting with the eviction process in Seattle and Tacoma

Almost every property owner/landlord has had a troublesome tenant who does not pay or creates other challenges. If you decide it is in your best interest—and the best interest of your other tenants—to remove the tenant, you should never take the matter into your hands. Instead, you should always contact an experienced evictions proceedings lawyer at the Dickson Frohlich for assistance as soon as possible.


The evictions process in Washington

When a tenant refuses to pay rent, Washington laws1 prohibit a landlord from “self-help” evictions, which can include simply changing the locks, shutting off utilities, taking off the front door, or other actions to induce the tenant to leave. Instead, the law requires property owners to follow specific procedures in order to lawfully evict a tenant.

The eviction process commonly involves the following steps:

  • Notice—Depending on the type of lease that you have and the situation at hand (i.e. whether a tenant will not pay, is a nuisance, or another reason for eviction), you will have to give the tenant certain notice to comply with the lease or move out.
  • Filing a complaint—If your tenant does not leave on their own, you will have to file a complaint with the proper court and arrange to have the tenant served2 with the complaint and summons to come to court.
  • Court proceedings—If the tenant does not show up to the scheduled court date, the court may issue a default judgment for eviction. However, if the tenant appears in court, you must have a hearing to show sufficient cause for the eviction and the tenant will get to tell their side of the story, as well. In order to receive an eviction judgment, the court must find in your favor after hearing both sides.
  • Sheriff serves the judgment—If you receive a judgment, also known as a writ of restitution, the sheriff will serve it on the tenant. This gives the tenant three business days to move out.

Contact the Dickson Frohlich for help with eviction proceedings

Eviction proceedings in Washington can be time-consuming and require filing specific paperwork with the court, appearing in court, and possibly even a show cause hearing before a judge. In order to ensure that you successfully evict a troublesome tenant, you should always seek the help of an experienced eviction attorney in Seattle or Tacoma.




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    Attorney Thomas L. Dickson

    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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    Attorney Robert P. Dickson

    Robert P. Dickson

    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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    Attorney Daniel J. Frohlich

    Daniel J. Frohlich

    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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    Attorney Mark S. Johnson

    Mark S. Johnson

    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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    Attorney Daniel E. Pizarro

    Daniel E. Pizarro

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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    Attorney George Knight

    George Knight

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, George is active in the firm’s civil litigation and transactional departments. His practice is mainly centered around business law, real estate law, construction law, employment law, and probate law.

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    Attorney Chris J. Lindemeier

    Chris J. Lindemeier

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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    Attorney Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

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    Attorney Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer is an associate attorney at Dickson Frohlich where her current practice focuses on real estate law, contract and commercial disputes, and business law.

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    Attorney Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria is an Associate with Dickson Frohlich PS in the civil litigation department, where she practices primarily real estate and probate law.

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    Attorney Alex J. Britain

    Alex J. Britain

    Since becoming an attorney, Alex Britain has practiced extensively in the areas of estate planning, probate, and civil litigation, especially related to probate issues.

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    Attorney Katherine E. Baals

    Katherine E. Baals

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Katherine practices in a range of areas, including real estate, construction, business, and civil litigation.

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