Washington D.C. 120 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: April 14, 2023 by Marnie Snyder

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A Washington D.C. 120 Day Notice to Vacate is a legal letter written to terminate a rental agreement due to a substantial rehabilitation or condo conversion. This notice is provided at least one hundred twenty (120) calendar days before the termination date.

When to Use a Washington D.C. 120 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord may use a Washington D.C. 120-Day Notice to Vacate to terminate a rental agreement due to a substantial rehabilitation of the premises or condo conversion.

For a substantial rehabilitation, the following list highlights the legal requirements for landlords and information to be provided to the Rent Administrator/Chief Tenant Advocate:

  • Landlord notifies all tenants of renovation plans.
  • Landlord provides renovation plan, project timeline, relocation plan and relocation assistance amount for each eligible tenant to the Rent Administrator and Chief Tenant Advocate.
  • Department of Buildings shall inspect the premises for accuracy of Landlord’s application and renovation plan.
  • Landlord obtains approval from the Chief Tenant Advocate and Rent Administrator.
  • Landlord provides all tenants with proper notice of renovation (120 Day Notice to Vacate).
  • Tenants have first right to reoccupy the renovated rental unit.

How to Write a Washington D.C. 120 Day Notice to Vacate

For a lease termination notice to be legally compliant:

  1. State who the legal letter is addressed to (use full name of the receiving party).
  2. Include the termination date of the lease or tenancy.
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises.
  4. For tenants, provide your new address and an updated phone number.
  5. Sign the notice and print your name.
  6. For landlords, include contact information, such as address and phone number.
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery along with printed name and signature.

Without this information on the lease termination notice, a judge may not be able to proceed with legal action.

How to Serve a Washington D.C. 120 Day Notice to Vacate

Landlords shall provide all lease termination notices in English and Spanish. If the landlord knows the tenant’s primary language is not English or Spanish, then the landlord must provide the notice in the tenant’s primary language as required by law.

A landlord or a tenant can deliver notices in Washington D.C. using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the other party in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a person who can accept the letter on the other party’s behalf;
  3. Posting the notice at the premises AND mailing the notice by first class mail with postage prepaid.

When sending the notice by first class mail, add three (3) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.

If the notice is posted at the premises, it must be mailed within three (3) calendar days. In addition, if the notice is posted at the premises, a picture of the posted notice with a readable date and time stamp is legally required for proof of service in court.

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