Giving / Receiving Notice

Proper Notice to Leave for Leases

  • If the tenant moves out at the expiration of a lease, generally, it is not necessary to give the landlord a written notice.
  • If a tenant stays beyond the expiration of the lease, and you accept the tenant's payment of the next month's rent, the tenant is then assumed to be renting under a month-to-month agreement.
  • A tenant who leaves before a lease expires is responsible for paying the rent until such time as the landlord finds another renter. If the landlord fails to make a reasonable effort to rerent the unit, the original tenant may cease being responsible for rent.

Proper Notice to Leave for Month-to-Month Agreements

  • When a tenant wants to end a month-to-month rental agreement, written notice must be given to the landlord. The notice must be received at least 20 days before the end of the rental period, and the day which the notice is delivered is not counted. Alternatively, a landlord cannot require a tenant to give more than a 20 day notice when moving out.
  • When a tenant moves out without giving proper notice, the tenant is liable for rent for the lesser of: 30 days from the day the next rent is due, or 30 days from the day the landlord learns the tenant has moved out. Although, landlord has the duty to make a effort to find another renter for the unit at a reasonable price. If the unit in rented before the end of the 30 days, the former tenant must pay only until the new tenant begins paying rent
  • When a landlord wants to end a month-to-month agreement, a 20 day written notice is the minimum state requirement. Notices must also comply with the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance in the City of Seattle.