Washington D.C. Lease Termination Notice Forms

Last Updated: December 28, 2023 by Roberto Valenzuela

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A Washington D.C. lease termination notice is a document which officially announces the upcoming end of a rental tenancy. Either a landlord or tenant may give notice, in most cases at least 30 days in advance.

Types of Washington D.C. Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Lease Type / Grounds
30 Day Notice To Vacate Periodic / Fixed Term

Tenancy At Will

90 Day Notice To Vacate Sale of Property /

Landlord Occupying Premises

120 Day Notice To Vacate Rehabilitation /

Condo Conversion

180 Day Notice To Vacate Demolition /

Discontinue Housing

Termination may require a landlord to provide a current business license or waiver of licensing, if filing a writ of restitution in court. All termination notices, other than for nonpayment of rent, must be delivered to both the tenant and the Rent Administrator.

Washington D.C. 30 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington D.C. 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a periodic tenancy (e.g., week-to-week or month-to-month), fixed-term lease, or tenancy at will, as well as an expired lease or a situation with no written lease. The non-terminating parties must receive the notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the termination date.

Washington D.C. 90 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington D.C. 90 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a lease due to the sale of the rental premises or impending occupation of the property by the landlord or landlord’s immediate family. The non-terminating parties must receive the notice at least ninety (90) calendar days before the termination date.

Washington D.C. 120 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington D.C. 120 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a lease agreement when the landlord plans a rehabilitation of the premises or condo conversion. All parties must receive the notice at least one hundred and twenty (120) calendar days before the termination date.

The Rent Administrator/Chief Tenant Advocate must receive the following information from the landlord, for this form of notice to be valid:

  • Stipulation that tenants have been notified of renovation plans by proper, legal means
  • Renovation plan, project timeline, relocation plan and relocation assistance amount for each eligible tenant to provided to the Rent Administrator and Chief Tenant Advocate
  • Department of Buildings inspection for accuracy of application and renovation plan
  • Approval from the Chief Tenant Advocate and Rent Administrator

Washington D.C. 180 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington D.C. 180 Day Notice To Vacate terminate a rental agreements for demolition at the premises or discontinuance of the property’s use as rental housing. The landlord must provide the Rental Administrator with information about the property, the reason for discontinuance, and future plans for the property. All parties must receive the notice at least one hundred and eighty (180) days before the termination date.

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    Tenants subject to this type of termination notice may be eligible to receive rental assistance from the landlord.

    How To Write a Lease Termination Notice in Washington D.C.

    To ensure the legal compliance of a lease termination notice:

    1. Use the full name of the receiving party, 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 Calculate Expiration Date in Washington D.C.

    The “clock” for a lease termination notice period starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and terminate a tenancy as of June 30th, delivery of the termination letter must be no later than May 31st. 

    In most jurisdictions, if the last day of a notice period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the notice period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

    How To Serve a Lease Termination Notice in Washington D.C.

    Landlords must provide all lease termination notices in both 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.

    Washington D.C. landlords and tenants may deliver a lease termination notice using any of these methods:

    1. Hand delivery to the other party
    2. Hand delivery to a person of suitable age who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party
    3. Posting the notice on the premises, PLUS delivery by first class mail with return postage prepaid

    Mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times. Posted notice on the premises must be proven by a picture with a readable date and timestamp.

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