How to Serve an Eviction Notice in Washington

How to Serve an Eviction Notice in Washington

Last Updated: December 6, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

In Washington, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in Washington?

In Washington, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in Washington?

In Washington, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

For a 14 Day Notice to Quit, the eviction notice used for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in Washington, rent is late starting the day after it’s due.

An Immediate Notice to Vacate is the eviction notice used for tenants that commit illegal activity on the premises. A landlord may choose to serve this notice on a judicial day, so they can go to the courthouse and begin eviction proceedings on the same day, but this is not required by law.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Washington

A landlord can deliver notices in Washington using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a person of suitable age at the property AND mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt;
  3. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place at the premises, such as the entry door, AND mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt;
  4. Delivering the notice electronically, such as via email or through an online tenant portal, if prior written consent for this method has been given (i.e. in the lease agreement).

If the person serving the notice electronically learns that the other party did not receive the notice, then service is not effective and an alternate method of service must be used.

When sending the notice by certified or registered mail, add one (1) additional calendar day to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.

Obtaining Proof of Service in Washington

A landlord can demonstrate proof that a notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.
  • Certified or Registered Mail – via return receipt and by completing a Declaration of Service.
  • Posting at the Premises – by taking a photograph at the time of delivery and by completing a Declaration of Service.
  • Email / Online Tenant Portal – via electronic record and by completing a Declaration of Service.

Washington Eviction & Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
14 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
10 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
30 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Eviction for Health / Safety Issue

Minor Property Damage

3 Day Notice to Vacate Eviction for Substantial Property Damage

Eviction for Disturbing the Peace

Immediate Notice to Vacate Eviction for Illegal Activity
20 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unwanted Sexual Advances
30 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Overstayed Lease

Eviction for Falsification of Rental Application

60 Day Notice of Termination Eviction for Multiple Lease Violations
60 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Failure to Disclose Sex Offender Status

Eviction for Failure to Register as Sex Offender

20 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Periodic or Fixed Term Lease

Ending a Shared Dwelling Tenancy

30 Day Notice to Vacate Rental Unit Uninhabitable

Tenant Refused to Sign New Lease

60 Day Notice to Vacate Landlord Financial / Business Reason
60 Day Notice to Terminate Tenancy Ending a Fixed Term Lease

(Without Cause)

90 Day Notice to Vacate Sale of Rental Property

Landlord / Owner Personal Use

Landlord Change of Policy

120 Day Notice to Vacate Demolition

Substantial Rehabilitation

Condo Conversion

 

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