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Evictions

  • Your landlord can only evict you for a few reasons.

What Is It?

Eviction means your landlord can legally put you out of your house. To evict you, your landlord must file a civil law suit against you in the King County Superior Court.

If you are being evicted you should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. The King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project is a good resource for you. If you are a landlord who wants to evict your tenant, you should consult a lawyer as well. The King County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service is a good place to start.

What It Isn't

We don’t have a role in the eviction process; it is a private legal matter between you and your landlord. We do, however, enforce the laws regarding the written notice your landlord must give you before beginning to evict you.

Rules to Follow

Your landlord must give you a written notice to move out before beginning the eviction process. The landlord’s written notice must state a valid reason for your eviction as listed in Seattle’s Just Cause Eviction Ordinance.

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