A Washington D.C.90 Day Notice to Vacate is a legal letter written to terminate a rental agreement due to the sale of property or if the landlord plans to occupy the premises. The letter is provided at least ninety (90) calendar days before the termination date.
When to Use a Washington D.C. 90 Day Notice to Vacate
A landlord may use a Washington D.C. 90-Day Notice to Vacate to end a rental agreement if the landlord or landlord’s immediate family will occupy the premises or if the rental premises are sold.
How to Write a Washington D.C. 90 Day Notice to Vacate
For a lease termination notice to be legally compliant:
State who the legal letter is addressed to (use full name of the receiving party).
Include the termination date of the lease or tenancy.
Fill in the full address of the rental premises.
For tenants, provide your new address and an updated phone number.
Sign the notice and print your name.
For landlords, include contact information, such as address and phone number.
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. 90 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:
Handing the notice to the other party in person;
Handing the notice to a person who can accept the letter on the other party’s behalf; or
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.
A housing provider may recover possession of a rental unit where the housing provider has in good faith contracted in writing to sell the rental unit or the housing accommodation in which the unit is located for the immediate and personal use and occupancy by another person, so long as the housing provider has notified the tenant in writing of the tenant’s right and opportunity to purchase as provided in Chapter 34 of this title. The housing provider shall serve on the tenant a 90-day notice to vacate in advance of the housing provider’s action to recover possession of the rental unit. No person shall demand or receive rent for any rental unit which has been repossessed under this subsection during the 12-month period beginning on the date on which the rental unit was originally repossessed by the housing provider.
A natural person with a freehold interest in the rental unit may recover possession of a rental unit where the person seeks in good faith to recover possession of the rental unit for the person’s immediate and personal use and occupancy as a dwelling. The housing provider shall serve on the tenant a 90-day notice to vacate in advance of action to recover possession of the rental unit in instances arising under this subsection. No housing provider shall demand or receive rent for any rental unit which the housing provider has repossessed under this subsection during the 12-month period beginning on the date the housing provider recovered possession of the rental unit. A stockholder of a cooperative housing association with a right of possession in a rental unit may exercise the rights of a natural person with a freehold interest under this subsection.
Every notice to the tenant to quit shall be served in English and Spanish. If the landlord knows the tenant speaks a primary language other than English or Spanish that is covered under § 2-1933, the landlord must provide the notice in that language.
Every notice to the tenant shall be served upon him personally, if he can be found, and if he can not be found it shall be sufficient service of said notice to deliver the same to some person of proper age upon the premises, and in the absence of such tenant or person to post the same in some conspicuous place upon the leased premises. If the notice is posted on the premises, a copy of the notice shall be mailed first class U.S. mail, postage prepaid, to the premises sought to be recovered, in the name of the person known to be in possession of the premises, or if unknown, in the name of the person occupying the premises, within 3 calendar days of the date of posting.
c) Additional time after service by mail. Whenever a party has the right to act or is required to act within a specified time period after service of a notice or other paper upon the party, if the notice is by regular first class mail, then the party shall have three additional days, separately computed pursuant to paragraph (a) of this Rule, to act. For the purpose of this Rule service by facsimile transmission is not service by mail.
In cases where a notice to quit or a summons and complaint are served by posting on the leased premise, failed to provide the Superior Court of the District of Columbia with photographic evidence of the posted service with a readable timestamp that indicates the date and time of when the notice or summons were posted.