Washington Lease Termination Notice Forms

Last Updated: February 9, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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A Washington lease termination notice form is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to announce the upcoming end of a rental tenancy. Either a landlord or a tenant may give notice. In most cases a tenant must provide at least 30 days of notice and the landlord must provide 60, unless there is a qualifying cause to terminate with less notice.

Types of Washington Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Lease Type / Grounds for Termination
20 Day Notice To Vacate Periodic or Fixed-Term

Shared Dwelling Tenancy

30 Day Notice To Vacate Unit Uninhabitable

Tenant Refused to Sign New Lease

60 Day Notice To Vacate Landlord Financial or Business Reason
60 Day Notice To Terminate Tenancy Fixed-Term (no-cause termination)
90 Day Notice To Vacate Sale of Rental Property

Retention for Personal Use

Landlord Change of Policy

120 Day Notice To Vacate Housing Demolition *

Substantial Rehabilitation *

Condo Conversion

*For all locations, except Seattle.

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, including a situation with no written lease or a situation with an expired lease. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least twenty (20) calendar days before the date of termination.

In most cases, a landlord must provide more than 20 days of advance notice to terminate a tenancy, so this notice applies mostly to tenants. A landlord may terminate a tenancy with this notice if the other tenant resides in the same rental unit and shares the kitchen or bathroom.

Washington 30 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates most forms of rental agreement, especially when the tenant is delivering the notice. In some cases, the landlord must provide additional notice. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of termination.

In particular, a landlord may use a Washington 30 Day Notice To Vacate to terminate a lease for either of the following reasons:

  • The tenant refused to sign a new rental agreement with reasonable terms
  • A local agency notified the landlord that the premises are certified or condemned as uninhabitable

Washington 60 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington 60 Day Notice To Vacate is delivered by a landlord to terminate a lease for good cause, such as a legitimate financial or business reason. The tenant must receive notice at least sixty (60) 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 ends a fixed-term lease, without cause, on the last day of the term. The landlord may use this letter if any of the following apply:

  • The parties signed an initial fixed-term lease between six and 12 months in length
  • The parties signed a fixed-term lease of 12 months or longer with no option for a periodic tenancy at the end of the term
  • The parties signed a fixed-term lease with successive terms of six months or longer, with no option for conversion to a periodic tenancy

The tenant must receive this notice at least sixty (60) calendar days before the specified date of termination.

Washington 90 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington 90 Day Notice To Vacate lease termination letter is used to terminate a rental agreement under these conditions:

  • Sale of the rental premises (single family dwelling unit)
  • Landlord or landlord’s immediate family will occupy the rental premises
  • Landlord changes the policy to exclude children on the premises

In Seattle specifically, this notice also terminates a rental agreement for these reasons, after approval from the Department of Construction and Inspections:

  • Change of use of the premises
  • Substantial rehabilitation of the premises
  • Demolition of the premises
  • Property has become exempt from rent or income restrictions

The tenant must receive this notice at least ninety (90) calendar days before the date of termination.

Washington 120 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Washington 120 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a rental agreement in these situations:

  • Housing demolition (all locations, except Seattle)
  • Substantial rehabilitation of the premises (all locations, except Seattle)
  • Condo conversion

For a condo conversion, the landlord must also provide the tenant with:

  • Tenant-to-homeowner program information, delivered at the same time as the notice of termination
  • An option to purchase the unit within sixty (60) calendar days of delivering the notice of termination
  • Relocation assistance (amount determined by local regulation and tenant income level)

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In Seattle specifically, for housing demolition or substantial rehabilitation, the landlord instead delivers a 90 Day Notice To Vacate.

How To Write a Lease Termination Notice in Washington

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. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. 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

The “clock” for a lease termination notice 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. However, in Washington, notice is counted on the same day for electronic notice only that is delivered before 5:00pm on a “judicial day” (i.e., a day when the courthouse is open).

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

How To Serve a Lease Termination Notice in Washington

Washington landlords may deliver a lease termination 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, PLUS mailed notice
  3. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place on the premises, PLUS mailed notice, PLUS (if available) leaving the notice with a resident at the premises
  4. Service by electronic means, ONLY when consented to in writing by the receiving party

Electronic service is not effective if the delivering party has reason to believe the receiving party did not receive the notice (such as an email that returns as undeliverable). Mailed notice extends the notice period by (1) calendar day, to account for variable delivery times.

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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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