I, attorney Renee Roman, represent landlords in order to ensure compliance with the Landlord Tenant Act. My goal is to assist landlords with the legal process and to alleviate unnecessary hardships that landlords may be facing when dealing with their tenants. Here at Marine View Law & Escrow, I understand the law and am continually updated on any changes to the law, in order to ensure that my firm's clients are in compliance in every step they take.
I am able to navigate the legal process as outlined in Washington State Law, on behalf of my clients. I can interpret the Landlord Tenant Act for you and apply it to your lease agreement to ensure your lease is valid and enforceable. I can also assist you in an unlawful detainer action and eviction proceedings.
If you have a situation with a tenant that you believe warrants legal assistance, I am here to help you. Many times these situations are stressful, but I will do what I can to assist you with a difficult situation, including: handling required notices; attending hearings; ensuring communication with your tenant; and seeking all of the legal remedies that may be available to you. I can be of assistance to you whether you own multiple properties or are renting out an individual unit.
The Unlawful Detainer Procedure
To start an unlawful detainer action, I will need the following information:
- A copy of the rental agreement and any amendments;
- A copy of the notice that was served (if any);
- The name of the legal owner of the property;
- The tenant's Social Security Number and date of birth, if you have it; and
- A deposit for court costs and my services; this fee is determined on a case-by-case basis depending upon the complexity of the eviction.
Once the above-mentioned items are received, my office will prepare the summons and complaint for unlawful detainer and have them served on the tenant via a process server. When the process server serves the tenant, he or she will write a response date on the front page of the summons, which is not less than seven days and not more than 30 days from the date of service, not including the date of service or legal holidays.
The tenant has until close of business on the date indicated on the summons to respond to the complaint. If I am unable to obtain personal service on the tenant, I will serve by posting and mailing. Service must be attempted three times before I may obtain an order from the court, allowing posting and mailing of the summons and Complaint. If the tenant does not respond within the time limit, a default order will be obtained from the court directing the sheriff to remove the tenants from the premises within 10 days.
In the event the tenant does respond by the date he or she is given, a show cause hearing will be set. After the show cause hearing, and if the court finds in the landlord's favor, a judgment and writ of restitution will be entered. Once the judgment and writ of restitution are received, they are then taken to the sheriff's office, and the sheriff will then execute the writ of restitution upon the premises. This will give the tenant three days to vacate. Once the writ of restitution is entered and provided to the sheriff, it is the landlord's responsibility to coordinate the physical eviction if the tenant has not vacated the premises at that point.
Contact Marine View Law & Escrow, P.L.L.C.
I provide a confidential consultation to all new clients. To arrange a meeting with me, an experienced landlord-tenant law attorney, contact my firm by email or call my office at 206-701-6564 or 877-449-4819.