Washington D.C. 180 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: April 14, 2023 by Marnie Snyder

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Washington D.C.180 Day Notice to Vacate is a legal letter written to terminate a rental agreement due to the discontinuance of housing or demolition of the premises. This notice is provided at least one hundred eighty (180) calendar days before the termination date.

When to Use a Washington D.C. 180 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord may use a Washington D.C. 180-Day Notice to Vacate to terminate a rental agreement due to a discontinuance of housing or a demolition of the premises.

For the discontinuance of housing, the following list highlights the legal requirements and information that landlords must provide to the Rent Administrator:

  • Landlord provides the housing/property address, number of units and reason for discontinuance.
  • Landlord includes the future plans for the property.

Landlords shall provide relocation assistance to eligible tenants displaced by the discontinuance of housing.

How to Write a Washington D.C. 180 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. 180 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; or
  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.