since leaving 3 day notice the landlord hung note stating he is going to change locks. he has not yet filed anything with the court or served us.
There are a couple of types of three day notices. One of them demands payment of rent and can be cured by paying the rent. Another type is not curable and requires you to leave. Requiring you to leave does not mean that the landlord can change the locks. Self help eviction is not allowed in Washington. The landlord would have to go to court to evict you in a legal proceeding. Basic tenant rights can be found here: http://washingtonlawhelp.com/WA/index.cfm
Both previous answers are correct the landlord is not the person to give you advice. Your rights are listed in RCW 58.18.
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A three day notice is a pre-litigation notice and has no legal effect other than to allow the landlord to bring an unlawful detainer action. If the landlord has been threatening to change the locks after three days, call the sheriff if the locks are actually changed. A landlord is not allowed to do a self-help eviction, only the sheriff can remove someone from the property. And only a court can authorize the sheriff to remove someone from the property. And only a properly filed and completed unlawful detainer action can give a court the authority to order the sheriff to evict someone.
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