The Washington State legislature has passed a law to help property owners remove squatters. A new law passed in May 2017, which goes into effect 90 days after passage, allows property owners to have squatters removed by law enforcement without having to go through the eviction procedure. The new process will allow an owner to file a declaration that a trespasser – not a tenant – is in possession of the property. Law enforcement will then be able to remove the person immediately rather than going through the previously required eviction process.
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