I want to file a small claims court case against my landlord. My landlord is an LLC. Who do I send the small claims court notice to? Does it have to be the main registered against of the LLC? Or can it be anyone that the LLC has identified in writing as their agent, such as the property manager?
Serve the main registered agent, because that agent's duty is to receive the notice without dodging service. If your claim is for a landlord's breach of duty under the Residential Landlord Tenant Act (RLTA), you can also add the property manager in his or her (or its) own name as a separately-identified defendant. The definition of "landlord" includes property manager (RCW 59.18.030(9), linked below). An agent is not generally liable for acts of a principal, but the RLTA makes the agent also a principal.
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WA's secretary of state has a website where you can search for corporations. This site will provide you with the registered agent for the corp or LLC. That person is who gets served. You need to have somebody go there with the papers and hand them to the person at the front desk; if the door is locked, tape them to the door; if it is a house and no one is there, same procedure. RCW 59 18 060(15) also states that if the landlord is out of state, they must have an in-state agent for service of notice and process.
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I agree with the previous answers and I would serve the registered agent.
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