Step by step, step one was the notice you sent.
Step 2. Initiating the Eviction Litigation – The Summons and Complaint
If the tenant fails to comply with the notice, the next step in the eviction is to initiate litigation. This is done by serving the tenant with a summons and complaint. The tenant must answer the summons by the deadline specified, generally about 7-10 days from the date of service. Because the landlord is a party to the action, the landlord may not serve the summons and complaint.
Step 3. Default or a Show Cause Hearing
If there is no response to the summons and complaint relief may be obtained from the court by default without notice to the tenant. In Washington a defendant, including a tenant, does not have to do a lot to appear. Even a phone call could be treated as an appearance.
B. The Show Cause Hearing
If the tenant makes an appearance, even an informal one, a hearing is required. The tenant must be given notice of the hearing. The tenant must show cause at this hearing as to why the landlord is not entitled to possession and a judgment for rent immediately, i.e. without the need for a trial. (Unless service was by alternative means with the court’s permission, in which case the landlord is only entitled to possession but not a judgment.)
The landlord or property manager must attend the hearing.
The show cause order may be served at the time the summons and complaint are served or any time afterwards. If the tenant responds to an unfiled summons, a show cause hearing must be set to continue the eviction process. Because of this tenant right to “automatically” delay the eviction process consider serving the show cause order with the summons and complaint.
Step 4. The Sheriff Steps In
After the writ of restitution is obtained, whether by default or at the show cause hearing, the sheriff will serve it. The tenant will have three business days to vacate, not including the day of service.
If the tenant does not vacate the premises in this time-frame you must contact the sheriff’s civil department and arrange a physical eviction.