Washington 3 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: February 12, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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A Washington 3 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for public nuisance, substantial property damage, or gang activity. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within three (3) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays) of receiving notice.

When To Use a Washington 3 Day Notice To Vacate

A Washington 3 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Unlawful, substantial, or repeated disturbance of the peace and enjoyment of others (nuisance)
  • Allowing or causing destruction or damage to the premises (waste)
  • Involvement in gang activity

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 3 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. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. 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 3 Day Notice To Vacate

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

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Hand delivery to a person of suitable age who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party, PLUS mailed notice
  3. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place on the premises, PLUS mailed notice, PLUS (if available) leaving the notice with a resident at the premises
  4. Service by electronic means, ONLY when 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.

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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.

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