Washington 20 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 5, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Washington 20 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to terminate a periodic tenancy, fixed term lease, or shared tenancy. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least twenty (20) calendar days before the date of termination.

When To Use a Washington 20 Day Notice To Vacate

A Washington 20 Day Notice To Vacate is used by a tenant to terminate a periodic tenancy, fixed-term lease, or shared tenancy in the same dwelling, typically on the final day of the lease term or rental period. This includes rental situations with no written lease, or an expired lease.

This form of notice may also be used by a landlord to terminate only a tenancy in a shared dwelling, if the other party resides in the same rental unit and shares the kitchen or bathroom. The landlord’s termination of other tenancies (e.g., a month-to-month lease) requires additional notice.

Some types of Washington lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Washington 20 Day Notice To Vacate

To ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  4. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  5. Print name and sign the notice
  6. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Washington 20 Day Notice To Vacate

Washington landlords and tenants may deliver a Notice To Vacate using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Only if the other party is unavailable: Hand delivery to a person of suitable age who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party, PLUS delivery by mail
  3. Only if the above forms of hand delivery are not possible: Posting the notice in a conspicuous place on the premises, PLUS delivery by mail, PLUS (if available) leaving a copy of the notice with a resident at the premises
  4. Service by electronic means, ONLY when this method of notice has been consented to in writing by the receiving party

Electronic service is not effective if the delivering party has reason to believe the receiving party did not receive the notice (such as an email that returns as undeliverable). Mailed notice extends the notice period by (1) calendar day, to account for variable delivery times.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.