A Washington D.C. month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.
Note: For fixed term leases in Washington D.C. (i.e., 1-year), click here.
How do Washington D.C. Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?
A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.
Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Washington D.C. landlord tenant law. This includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a habitable living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.
How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?
In Washington D.C., either party may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement with a 30 days’ notice. D.C. Code § 42–3202
Notice must be provided in written form.
How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the Rent?
A Washington D.C., a landlord shall provide a 30 days’ notice for a rent increase. Notice must be provided in written form. D.C. Code § 42–3509.04
For elderly tenants or tenants with disabilities, the maximum increase in rent charged is the CPI percentage only, but not more than 5%
Are There Notice Delivery Requirements?
In Washington D.C. there are notice delivery requirements. Service of a notice upon a tenant or landlord shall be completed by using one of the following methods: D.C. Official Code §42-3501.01
- By hand delivering, leaving the notice at the individuals place of business or place of residence with someone who is of suitable age.
- By telegram.
- By mail or deposit with the United States Postal Service.
- By any other means that is acceptable with the Rental Housing commission or Rent Administrator.
How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Washington D.C.
After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.
If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Washington D.C. The process for eviction can be completed 2-8 months, but can take longer depending on the circumstances.
For more information on the eviction process in Washington D.C., click here.