The Lawsuit starts by serving the tenant a Summons and Complaint.   The documents must be personally served (handed) to the tenant or adult occupants.  I would hire a process server or sheriff’s office to serve. Once the tenants have been served, they will have a deadline for which to respond by. 

If the tenant is evading service, and personal service cannot be achieved, we will need to get an Order of Alternative Service.  This will allow us to serve the tenants by posting and mail.   

$100.00 Attorney Fee + $75.00 Process Server Fee = $175.00

Stipulated Agreement:   In some cases, it makes sense to enter into an agreement with the tenants, and avoid the hassle and expense of going to court.  If the tenants thereafter default on the agreement, we would be awarded an immediate eviction.

$200.000 Attorney Fee Includes drafting agreement and negotiating with tenants.


 RCW 59.12.080,  RCW 59.18.365

A Lawsuit begins with a Complaint and Summons 

It must state the name of the parties and court.

State the Nature of the action and relief sought.

Give Specific Return Date.  The Return date must be between 7 to 30 days from the date of service.

Give street address where answer can be served and Fax number.

Warn that failure to appear will result in default.

Service of the Summons and Complaint.

If the the tenant has not complied with the eviction notice, the landlord begins an unlawful detainer action with service of a summons and complaint. The summons and complaint must be in a specific statutory form. Summons that fails to inform the tenant of the right to respond by mail or fax does not strictly comply with the statute. 59.12.070, 59.12.080

Tenant Must Appear or Answer the Summons

The tenant's answer or notice of appearance must be in writing by the return date listed on the summons. (fourteen days). Faxed appearance or answers are allowed. If the tenant does not answer by the date, the landlord can get a default judgment. 59.18.365., RCW 59.18.380