Washington 60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy

Last Updated: February 12, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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A Washington 60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to terminate a fixed-term rental agreement without cause. The tenant must receive notice at least sixty (60) calendar days before the specified date of termination, in this case on the last day of the lease term.

When To Use a Washington 60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy

A Washington 60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy ends a fixed-term lease, without cause, on the last day of the lease term. The landlord may use this form of notice under any of the following conditions:

  • At the beginning of tenancy, the parties signed a fixed-term lease between six and 12 months in length
  • The parties executed a fixed-term lease of 12 months or longer with no option for a periodic tenancy at the end of the term
  • The parties signed a fixed-term lease with successive terms of six months or longer without the option to become a periodic tenancy

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 60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy

To ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Terminate:

  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 60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy

Washington landlords may deliver a Notice To Terminate 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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