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Washington Supreme Court Review-- Civil Rules Override Tenant’s Eviction under RLTA

May 2019 Bar Bulletin

 

Randy Reynolds & Associates, Inc.
v. Kasey Harmon 
No. 95575-1, March 28, 2019 (9-0)
Majority and Concurrence

Justice Charles Wiggins Writes for the Court

Kasey Harmon, a 53-year-old woman in failing health, was evicted from her home following a default judgment and writ of restitution. During the eviction, Harmon obtained an ex parte order staying enforcement of the judgment. The Court of Appeals reversed, concluding that the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act of 1973 (RLTA) prohibited such an order. We hold that the RLTA does not apply to tenants, like Harmon, who contest entry of a default judgment in unlawful detainer actions; these...

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