Washington D.C. 30 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: January 15, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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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. 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 no form of hand delivery succeeds, posting at a conspicuous place on the premises, such as the entry door, PLUS delivery by first class mail with postage prepaid

A landlord must provide a termination notice in the tenant’s primary language, if known, and English and Spanish, if not known. Delivery of posted notice must be proven by a picture with a readable date and time stamp that shows the posted notice.

Mailed notice must be sent no more than three (3) calendar days after being posted to the premises. To account for variable delivery times, mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days.

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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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