An eviction (Writ of Restitution) involves a tenant being ordered by the court to leave a residence. The court follows the tenant-landlord act of the State of Washington. More information about these laws can be found at the Revised Code of Washington RCW 59.12, RCW 59.18, and RCW 59.20.
After obtaining a court order to evict a tenant, a landlord wishing to pursue an eviction should fill out the Eviction Data Form before contacting the Civil Unit for processing. Additionally, please provide our office with all items listed on the Writ of Restitution Intake Sheet. Detectives will serve the tenant or post a residence with a writ of restitution or court order. If the tenant has not moved by the date on the writ of restitution or court order, the detectives will assist the landlord in evicting the tenant. The detectives' assistance will include enforcing the court order and ensuring the peace. The landlord is responsible for providing the moving crew and all other needed items. Landlords are encouraged to contact the detective prior to the physical eviction. There are some exceptions which can be found under the RCW links above. Additional information can be found in the Procedures for Writs of Restitution.
Additional resources are available at:
King County Bar Association lawyer referral
Washington Law Help.org
Housing Justice Project
206.267.7090 (English) or 206.267.7091 (español)
Tenant Services Hotline: 206.694.6767 TTY: 7.1.1