Washington, D.C., Eviction Notice Forms

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A Washington, D.C., eviction notice form for non-compliance is a written document that states a tenant has 30 days to comply or to vacate the premises. Additionally, there are other notice forms for other grounds for eviction in Washington, D.C.

Read further to learn about what information is required on an eviction notice for it to be valid, legally acceptable ways of delivering notices, and types of notices for all possible grounds for eviction.

Information Required for all Washington, D.C., Eviction Notices

Washington, D.C., landlords are expected to provide some basic information on all eviction notices, including :

  • The reason for the eviction notice
  • A statement indicating that the rental unit is registered with the Rent Administrator, if it’s required to be registered under D.C. law

While not directly spelled out in the law, it might also be a good idea to include:

  • The name and contact information of the landlord or the landlord’s agent/representative
  • The name and contact information of the person being evicted (to be sure the correct person receives the notice)

The landlord may also want to get the tenant’s signature confirming that they received the eviction notice, if the notice was hand delivered.

Acceptable Ways of Delivering Eviction Notices

In Washington, D.C., landlords can serve an eviction notice in the following ways:

  • Giving it to the tenant in person
  • Leaving it with anyone who is present in the rental unit, if tenant isn’t there
  • Leaving it with someone “in charge” at the tenant’s workplace
  • By telegram
  • Mailing it to the tenant’s last known address via regular mail
NOTE

Registered or certified mail is not required under Washington, D.C., law.

All eviction notices, except those for nonpayment of rent, must also be served on the Rent Administrator.

Types of Eviction Notices

Each possible ground for eviction has its own process and notice requirements.

Eviction Notice for Non-Compliance: 30-Day Notice to Comply

When a tenant has violated the terms of a rental agreement/lease, or is in violation of their tenant obligations as stated in the Washington, D.C., housing laws, landlords must give their tenant 30 days’ written notice to comply or move out.

Non-compliance does not include illegal activity, which is addressed separately below.

Nonpayment of Rent

Non-compliance also includes nonpayment of rent. Although landlords aren’t required to provide a written notice for nonpayment of rent, they can include nonpayment as a reason for eviction on a 30-Day Notice to Comply eviction form.

Tenants who receive an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent can avoid being evicted by paying all past-due rent in full (along with any associated fees) prior to the completion of the eviction process.

Get the downloadable 30-Day Notice to Comply form template below (.pdf direct link).

Notice to Vacate For Renovation: 120-Day Notice to Vacate

If a Washington, D.C., landlord wants to renovate a property, and they plan to move tenants out during the renovation, whether it’s just one room, or the entire property, landlords are required to give tenants written notice.

Landlords must give tenants at least 120 days’ notice to vacate the premises when they plan to renovate, no matter how “substantial” the renovations are—if those renovations require that the tenant be gone from the premises while the renovations take place.

The notice should include:

  • The tenant’s right to return to the rental unit once renovations are complete
  • The tenant’s right to re-rent the unit at the same rate if the renovations were required to bring the unit up to current code
  • The tenant’s right to receive relocation assistance

Get the downloadable 120-Day Notice to Vacate form template below (.pdf direct link).

Get the downloadable 120-Day Notice to Vacate (Substantial Renovations) form template below (.pdf direct link).

Notice to Vacate for Demolition: 180-Day Notice to Vacate

If a Washington, D.C., landlord wants to demolish a rental property and rebuild it, the landlord is required to give tenants at least 180 days’ written notice.

The notice must include the fact that the tenant has a right to receive relocation assistance.

Get the downloadable 180-Day Notice to Vacate form template below (.pdf direct link).

Eviction Notice for Personal Use: 90-Day Notice to Quit

If the landlord/owner decides that they no longer want to rent out the unit, and instead want to live in the rental unit/property themselves, then the landlord must give their tenant 90 days’ written notice to vacate the rental unit.

Get the downloadable 90-Day Notice to Quit form template below (.pdf direct link).

Eviction Notice for Discontinuance of Use: 180-Day Notice to Vacate

If the landlord/owner decides that they no longer want to rent out the rental property, and the property is going to sit unused, then the landlord must give their tenant 180 days’ written notice to vacate the rental unit.

Get the downloadable 180-Day Notice to Vacate form template below (.pdf direct link).

Eviction Notice For Sale of Rental Property: 90-Day Notice to Quit

If the rental property is sold, landlords are required to provide their tenants with 90 days’ written notice if the tenants are being evicted because of the sale.

Get the downloadable 90-Day Notice to Quit form template below (.pdf direct link).

Eviction Notice for Illegal Activity: 30-Day Notice to Quit

If tenants, their guests, or members of the tenant’s household participate in illegal activity in the rental unit or on rental property grounds, the landlord can evict the tenant after giving 30 days’ notice.

In these instances, tenants don’t have the option of correcting the issue in order to avoid eviction.

Get the downloadable 30-Day Notice to Quit form template below (.pdf direct link).