Notice to Terminate Tenancy

A notice to terminate tenancy may only be used to terminate a month to month tenancy.  It does not terminate an unexpired lease. A landlord may not terminate an unexpired lease, for example, because the landlord is selling the property or wants to move into the property. Although often referred to as a “twenty-day” notice, the legally required notice period may be longer than twenty days.

The notice to terminate tenancy must terminate the tenancy as of the end of the last day of a rental period (typically the last day of a calendar month), and must be served at least the legally required number of days in advance. The date of termination is not calculated by adding the required number of days to the date it is served.

The landlord may not change the locks or call the sheriff at the end of the termination period. After the termination date if the tenants still have not vacated, the landlord must go through the same eviction court process as for a  notice to pay rent or vacate and/or notice to comply or vacate.

The notice to terminate tenancy is not the next step in a process followed after a notice to pay rent or vacate and/or notice to comply or vacate.

In Seattle all residential tenancies, including month to month tenancies, require just cause.

For use in Washington outside Seattle or Tacoma –

Notice to Terminate Tenancy (“Twenty-day Notice”)

For use for residential properties in Seattle –

Notice to Terminate Tenancy–Seattle

For use for residential properties in Tacoma –

Notice Terminating Tenancy (“60-day notice”)- Tacoma