Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate

A Washington landlord who wishes to evict a tenant for non-payment of rent must serve a notice to pay rent or vacate. For commercial evictions, the landlord must serve a 3-day notice. For residential tenancies, the landlord must serve a 14-day notice. The residential 14-day notice must be in the form and with the specific language required by statute.

Serving the pay or vacate notice is mandatory whether the landlord wants the rent or just wants the tenant out and is not concerned about trying to collect.  The notice must be served, must be served properly, and if the tenant pays the tenant stays (absent another basis for eviction).

Therefore the notice must be in the alternative to pay or vacate. It may not be simply a notice to vacate, nor simply a notice to pay.

  • For residential tenancies, utilities may be included as rent. Do not include other non-rent items such as late fees or notice fees. These should be on a ten-day notice to comply or vacate.
  • More time or additional service methods may be required by the lease.

Residential Pay Rent or Vacate Notice Forms

Washington residential properties

Residential Fourteen Day Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate.pdf

For Tacoma residential properties, ALSO serve this form from the City website required by local law:

City of Tacoma required additional form for Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate

Commercial Pay Rent or Vacate Notice Forms

Use this notice to pay rent or vacate only for commercial tenants.  Residential landlords must by law use the 14-day notice to pay rent or vacate, posted above.

Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate (“Three-day Notice”)