Washington Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: January 1, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Washington eviction notice form is a legal demand for a tenant to comply with the terms of the rental agreement or else move out of the premises. Washington landlords may deliver an eviction notice because of unpaid rent, lease violations, or illegal activity on the rental property.

Types of Washington Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds Curable?
14 Day Notice To Quit Unpaid Rent Yes
10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Lease Violation Yes
30 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Health / Safety Violation

Minor Property Damage

Yes
3 Day Notice To Vacate Substantial Property Damage

Disturbing the Peace

No
Immediate Notice To Vacate Illegal Activity No
20 Day Notice To Quit Unwanted Sexual Advances No
30 Day Notice To Quit Falsification of Rental Application

Overstaying Lease

No
60 Day Notice of Termination Multiple Lease Violations No
60 Day Notice To Quit Failure to Disclose Sex Offender Status

Failure to Register as Sex Offender

No
20 Day Notice To Vacate Periodic or Fixed Term Lease

Shared Dwelling Tenancy

No
60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy Fixed Term Lease

(Without Cause)

No

Washington 14 Day Notice To Quit

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A Washington 14 Day Notice To Quit evicts for nonpayment of rent. In Washington, a landlord can file this notice the day after rent is due, with no grace period for the tenant. The tenant must pay all past due rent or else move out within fourteen (14) calendar days.

Service of this notice must be accompanied by an Eviction Resolution Pilot Program Notice (ERPP).

Washington 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A Washington 10 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate demands correction of a non-monetary lease violation that is “curable” i.e., the tenant gets a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. A curable lease violation might include failure to maintain health and safety on the rental property, or interfering with the quiet enjoyment of neighbors.

Tenants must take the necessary corrective action or move out within ten (10) calendar days.

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A landlord must serve a 30 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate if the lease violation is one that requires monetary compensation, like property damage which results in cleaning and repair fees.

Washington 30 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A Washington 30 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate demands correction of a lease violation that is “curable” i.e., the tenant gets a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. This might include things like failing to maintain health and safety on the property, creating a health or fire hazard, or property damage.

Tenants must correct the situation or pay the cost for correcting the situation, or else move out within thirty (30) calendar days.

This form is also served to occupants who are not on the lease but remain in the rental unit after the tenant moves out:

  • If the occupants have resided on the premises for at least (6) months before the tenant’s move out, they must complete a rental application and screening, and either rent the unit or (if they fail the screening) move out within thirty (30) calendar days
  • If the occupants have NOT resided on the premises for at least (6) months before the tenant’s move out, the landlord does not have to give them an opportunity to rent the unit, and can ask them to move out within thirty (30) calendar days

Washington 3 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington 3 Day Notice To Vacate evicts a tenant for an “incurable” lease violation, i.e., one which the tenant is not allowed to restore through corrective action, such as deliberate destruction of the premises or engaging in gang activity. Tenants must move out within three (3) judicial days (not counting weekends or legal holidays) after receiving notice.

Washington Immediate Notice To Vacate

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A Washington Immediate Notice To Vacate evicts tenants for illegal activity on the premises, such as use of a deadly weapon, committing a violent crime, or engaging in criminal behavior that results in an arrest. Tenants are not allowed an opportunity for corrective action, and must move out immediately, or on the next judicial day if notice gets served on a weekend or holiday.

Washington 20 Day Notice To Quit

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A Washington 20 Day Notice To Quit evicts a tenant for making unwanted advances toward other persons based on gender, race or other protected status. Tenants are not allowed an opportunity for corrective action. The landlord may terminate the tenancy on the last day of the lease term by serving this notice at least twenty (20) calendar days before the expiration date.

Washington 30 Day Notice To Quit

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A Washington 30 Day Notice To Quit evicts a tenant for overstaying the lease or intentionally falsifying or omitting information on the original rental application. The tenant is not allowed to take corrective action, and must move out within thirty (30) calendar days of receiving notice.

Washington 60 Day Notice To Quit

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A Washington 60 Day Notice To Quit evicts a tenant for failing to disclose sex offender status or register as a sex offender during the tenancy. Tenants are not allowed an opportunity for corrective action. The landlord may terminate the tenancy on the last day of the lease term by serving this notice at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to the expiration date or end of rental period.

Washington 60 Day Notice of Termination

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A Washington 60 Day Notice of Termination evicts a tenant for multiple lease violations during a 12-month period. In most parts of Washington, this notice requires four (4) or more lease violations, but Seattle only requires three (3). This notice is served to the tenant along with the last notice of lease violation and copies of previous notices of noncompliance. The tenancy terminates sixty (60) calendar days after the tenant receives the notice.

Washington 20 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington 20 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a periodic tenancy, a fixed term lease, or a shared tenancy in the same dwelling. Tenants may also use this notice to terminate any type of tenancy, but landlords in most cases must provide a longer notice period. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least twenty (20) calendar days before the date of termination.

Washington 60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy

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A Washington 60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy terminates a fixed term lease on the last day of the term, without cause, if any of the following apply:

  • At the beginning of tenancy, the parties signed a fixed term lease between six and 12 months in length
  • Both parties executed a fixed term lease of 12 months or longer with no option for a periodic tenancy at the end of the lease term
  • The landlord and tenant signed a fixed term lease with successive terms of six months or longer, without the option to become a periodic tenancy

The non-terminating party must receive notice at least sixty (60) calendar days before the date of termination.

How To Use Washington Eviction and Lease Termination Notices

If the landlord is terminating a rental agreement for cause (e.g., unpaid rent, lease violations or criminal activity), the landlord serves the tenant with an eviction notice rather than a lease termination notice.

The landlord may use a lease termination notice to end a rental agreement based on the type of tenancy or the reason for termination. For example, a shared dwelling tenancy or a fixed term lease that meets a legal exception under state law may be terminated without cause.

How To Write an Eviction Notice in Washington      

To help ensure the legal compliance of an eviction notice:

  1. Use the tenant’s full name and address
  2. Specify the lease violation as well as any balance due
  3. Specify the date of termination
  4. Print name and sign the notice, including the landlord’s address of record
  5. Note 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

The “clock” for most eviction notice periods starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and begin court action as of June 30th, delivery of the eviction notice 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. This is called the “next judicial day;” in other words, the next day a courthouse is open.

There are several exceptions specific to Washington:

  • An Immediate Notice to Vacate takes effect the same day it is served
  • Electronic notice sent before 5:00 pm on a judicial day begins the notice period on that day (otherwise, the notice period will begin at 9:00 am on the next judicial day)
  • Notice periods of fewer than seven (7) days ONLY count judicial days; longer notice periods count ALL days including weekends and holidays

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Washington  

Washington landlords may deliver an eviction 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 tenant, PLUS delivery by registered or certified mail
  3. Posting the notice at a conspicuous place on the premises, PLUS delivery by registered or certified mail
  4. Electronic delivery (e.g., email or online tenant portal), if the parties have agreed in writing for this to be a valid form of notice

If the landlord has reason to believe that the tenant did not receive an electronic notice, then the landlord must deliver notice through conventional methods. Notice delivered by registered or certified mail extends the notice period by one (1) calendar day, to account for variable delivery times.

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