Washington Lease Termination Notices


Purpose. A Washington lease termination letter (“Notice to Vacate”) is a required document to end month-to-month lease agreements in Washington. State law requires giving at least 20 days notice for termination. However, state law does not require notice to be given to end fixed term lease agreements on their end date.

Read further to learn more about notice requirements and the residential lease termination process in Washington.

Notice Requirements for Lease Termination by Tenant

Here are the notice requirements for a tenant to give to a landlord:

  • Month-to-month lease: 20 days’ notice.
  • Lease for a set term longer than one month: At least 20 days’ notice before the end of the term.

Legally Terminating a Lease Early

Here are the reasons that a tenant may legally terminate a lease early: