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Old 11-02-2011, 10:23 PM
 
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A year and a half ago my step mother allowed 2 men to temporarily stay at her home because their house burned down and needed a place to stay while they looked for a new one. 6 months ago a lease agreement was made that they pay $800 dollars for rent. They wanted an attorny to look over the agreement before the signed because my step mom suffers from some physical and mental health issues. When asked if they signed it they refused but started paying rent. In September they stopped paying rent and caused a large amount of damage to her home and were caught smoking meth numerous times. I recently moved back to help care for her and was informed of the situation. I have read the lease it 100% legal and I have started the eviction process. I served them a 3 day pay or vacate notice 1 of them proceeded to threaten my mom and tell her once again it was not legal. the police were called and a restraining order was filed but the Arlington Police department has been having issues serving him. They proceeded to break into her room and tear up her copy of the order. I informed them that I am now on the lease and started to move my things in and they went through and stole a bunch of stuff. When I confronted them they threatened to sue me. We cannot afford to go through the courts to get them out. I need to know what our legal options are to remove them from the home because we both are not safe and the meth use is affecting my moms health. any ideas would be greatly appeciated. sorry so long and thank you anybody who can help.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:41 PM
 
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forgotten detail 1 of men (they are a couple) has moved his brother into to the home on October 1st. The brother is not a problem he is leaving in a week. He had no idea what was going on until i informed him. His brother told him that they owned the house.
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Capital Hill
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This is a very bad situation. I don't see how you can avoid somekind of a court action.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:34 AM
 
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Get your local media involved. Sounds like an interesting story.

Seek help from local groups, like a church, Lions club, or whatever. It'll scare the fark out of them if you show up with a dozen people standing behind you.

Stop trying to go it alone and get some help.

The police are not really help. If nobody has already been shot, they really don't care/can't care. They will probably find something to prosecute you for in the process.
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Old 11-03-2011, 01:37 AM
 
Location: southern california
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very very difficult. your mom has invited drug addicts into the home and they dont wana leave.
if your mom is not clear enough to do the job. but not totally incompetent it is most awkward.
its her house and her decision even if she is not mentally clear.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:52 AM
 
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Call all of your local TV stations. This sounds like a public interest piece they would eat up.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I don't know the Castle Doctrine laws in WA but if it is the same as other States, go buy a gun and if they enter the house SHOOT them until the gun is empty.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:10 AM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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.I served them a 3 day pay or vacate notice 1 of them proceeded to threaten my mom and tell her once again it was not legal. the police were called and a restraining order was filed but the Arlington Police department has been having issues serving him.

They proceeded to break into her room and tear up her copy of the order. I informed them that I am now on the lease and started to move my things in and they went through and stole a bunch of stuff. When I confronted them they threatened to sue me.

We cannot afford to go through the courts to get them out. I need to know what our legal options are to remove them from the home because we both are not safe and the meth use is affecting my moms health. any ideas would be greatly appeciated. sorry so long and thank you anybody who can help.

Not sure how they would have trouble serving him if he resides in the house and still harassing and destroying property?

From my understanding with a TRO, restraining order, he can no longer reside in the home.

Call the police while he is in the house and tell them to serve him, without him knowing, let them know they're smoking meth in your home as well and destroyed her copy of the TRO. Stay on the phone until you get results. The police will let him gather a few personal things and put him out on the spot. Then change your locks, he can not come back without a police escort.

If you've filed an eviction you've done all you can legally.

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Old 11-03-2011, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Seems to me you could have them arrested for possession of Meth alone. While they are in jail get restraining orders for both of them. Continue to call the police to create a paper trail of your problems with them. Get statements from the neighbors about disruptive behaviors. If the police refuse to arrest them then by all means get the media involved.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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You cannot legally evict them without going through the courts. You can't get any help from the police or the sheriffs except for criminal activity. The police and the sheriff aren't going to evict them from the premises without a court order.If you can convince them to leave voluntarily, that's great. But you can't force them to go unless you have a court order.

I was googling "writ of restitution snohomish county" and the following popped up: EVICTION PROCESS (especially procedure 2) and EvictionsPlus** A key partner in your next eviction It might be worth coming up with the money to have someone help with the process. It might be worthwhile to get a small second mortgage for a few thousand dollars to cover legal costs if you don't have the cash on hand.

The police don't deal with tenant issues and evictions. You need to contact the Snohomish County Sheriff to proceed with eviction. SCSO You need to have a Writ of Restitution from a court. Call the Civil Division at 425-388-3522 and explain the situation and see how to proceed. They can probably tell you who to call at the county court to begin the legal process.

Keep in mind that meth addicts talk a tough game. These two losers aren't having a hard time intimidating your step mom. They aren't going to be able to intimidate a deputy serving papers that might just want to run some background information on them. If the deputy's know that meth might be involved they are going to take more of an interest. (Did you know that you can go to Washington Courts - Search Case Records to see if they have a record of court cases?)

If they are using meth then they are not going to want the sheriff's office involved. They are definitely not going to like deputies gathering all of their stuff and dumping it on the street, where certain items and materials might spill out. Once you have the Writ of Restitution from the court their eviction is imminent. It's just going to be a matter at that point of whether or not they leave on their own or if their stuff is going to be looked at by the Sheriff's department.

Let them know what's going to happen, either yourself or through your attorney if you hire one. Once you have the writ of resitution, let them know how long they have to leave. Let them know that after that date you will be scheduling an eviction with the Sheriff's department.

If they threaten you or try to intimidate you with implied violence, call the police right away - don't wait. Tell them that the person threatening you is a tenant in your own home that you're in the process of evicting and that you think he has weapons and you're scared. Mention the restaining order.

If you want to Private Message me their names I can look up their records to see whether or not the Sheriff might be more interested in making their acquaintance.
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