Wright v. B & L Properties, Inc

In Wright v. B & L Properties, Inc. (113 Wash. App. 450, 53 P3d 1041 [2002]) the plaintiffs, who purchased a house from defendant that proved to be poorly constructed, made numerous honest and reasonable attempts to find the defendant. When all efforts failed, they served him at his private mailbox. The court in Wright upheld the service on a private mailbox maintained by the defendant. The court stated that "reasonable diligence" does not require all conceivable or "exhaustive" means to locate a defendant (113 Wash. App. at 458-459, 53 P3d at 1045-1046). The court found that the vendor of the house used the private mailbox, even asking that mail be forwarded to him from the mailbox while he was allegedly out of the country.