Washington D.C. 30 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: April 3, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Washington D.C. 30 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with local legal requirements to terminate a periodic tenancy (e.g., week-to-week or month-to-month), a fixed term lease, or a tenancy at will. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of termination.

When To Use a Washington D.C. 30 Day Notice To Vacate

A landlord or a tenant may use a Washington D.C. 30 Day Notice to Vacate to terminate a tenancy at will, a periodic tenancy (i.e. week-to-week or month-to-month) or a fixed term lease. This letter may also be used if the tenants have no written lease or for tenants with an expired lease.

A Washington D.C. 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates the following types of tenancy:

  • A tenancy at will
  • Any periodic tenancy (e.g., week-to-week or month-to-month)
  • A fixed-term lease
  • An expired lease
  • A rental with no written lease

Some types of Washington D.C. 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 D.C. 30 Day Notice To Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  4. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  5. Print name and sign the notice
  6. 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 D.C. 30 Day Notice To Vacate

Washington D.C. landlords and tenants may deliver a Notice To Vacate using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Only if the other party cannot be found: Hand delivery to a person of suitable age on the property who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party
  3. Only if all forms of hand delivery fail: Posting the notice on the property, PLUS, within three (3) calendar days, mailing notice by first class mail with return postage prepaid

Mailed notice extends a notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

Special Notice Requirements in Washington D.C.

In Washington D.C., notice from a landlord must be delivered in both English and Spanish, by default. If the landlord knows the tenant speaks a language other than English and Spanish, in most cases the landlord must provide notice in the tenant’s preferred language.

Except for notice for nonpayment of rent, all notices by default must be served on the Rent Administrator in addition to being served to the tenant. Notice posted to the premises can only be proven in Washington D.C. courts by providing a picture of the posted notice with a readable date and timestamp.

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.