STEP 1:  EVICTION NOTICE

 The Eviction process begin with service of an eviction notice.   Eviction Notices  include Non-Payment of Rent, Notice to Vacate, Compliance Lease, Notice to Enter, Rent Demand Letter, Notice of Abandonment, Notice to Sell Property.

 The Eviction process begins with service of an eviction Notice.   The type of Notice will depend on how the tenant has defaulted on their rental agreement.  An Eviction notice can be a fourteen (14) day notice to Pay Rent or Vacate, a three (3) day notice to quit for nuisance, or a twenty (20) Day notice to Terminate the Tenancy.
If the tenant is behind in rent, the eviction process would start with a fourteen (14) day notice to pay rent or vacate.   If the tenant is on a month to month agreement,  the process would start with a twenty (20) day notice to vacate at the end of the month.
You can prepare the notice on their own.  You can also serve this notice on you own.  However, if you choose to prepare and serve the notice, it must be done correctly in order to move forward.  If you are unsure of which type of notice to use or the correct procedure, I recommend that I do this step for you. 
If our office prepares a 14 day notice for rent, please be aware that this notice must be signed by the landlord. The Attorney can also put together a letter on the landlord's behalf, informing the tenant as to the commencement of eviction.  Our officewould then retain a process server to serve the notice and letter on the tenant.
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FLAT FEE:  Attorney Drafting of Notice & Letter          $ 125.00

      EXPENSE:  Process Server Cost:                                   $   75.00      

Process Service varies based on priority of service  property location and number of attempts.

     Postage/Mailing Certified/Regular                                  $  12.00      

Mailings are sent by both certified and first-class to each defendant.      
Postage is estimate and actual postage varies depending on weight.


The eviction notice must state a reason for the eviction. The grounds for an eviction include: 

1. Default in payment of rent. The tenant has 14 days to pay rent or vacate. 

FOURTEEN DAY NOTICE  TO PAY OR VACATE:  A fourteen (14) day notice to pay must be serve on tenant for failure to pay Rent 59.18.030.  The amount owed must be stated an offer a goodtimate of the amount owed.Include only rent, not items like security deposits.  The tenant must be given three days to pay or vacate.   This can include weekend and holidays. See Christensen v. Ellsworth

2. Causing Nuisance. Tenant must vacate in three days 

THREE DAY NUISANCE NOTICE (Nuisance, Waste or unlawful business):  Nuisance requites a substantial interference with another person's use of the property,  a physical discomfor which is of some duration.  A single incident of drug  related activity, an assault which leads to arrest, or unlawful use of firearm.  "Waste" requires substantial damage to premises.  RCW 59.12.030(5).  Tarr v. Hopewell Community Club 

3. Failure to vacate after expiration of the lease. (no notice required) 

4. Failure to vacate after 20 days notice to terminate a month to month tenancy.

 5. Breach of lease provisions and failure to comply or vatate after a ten day notice.

 6. Failure of a trespasser to vacate after service of a three day notice 

7. Permitting gang related activity on the premises. 3 days notice to vacate. RCW 59.12.030