Seattle, WA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Washington

Q: Does a tenant need to state an exact move out date on a 20 day notice, and also can a text be considered a 20 day notice

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Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Lynnwood, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: It is very difficult to give any detailed answers regarding your specific situation without reviewing the lease and getting more of the details, but in general, the point of giving notice is to let the landlord know when you will be ending the lease. I am not aware of any specific case law or statutory guidance off the top of my head, but as a practical matter, I think a specific date is probably going to be considered a required part of the notice. I wouldn't count on notice without a specific date holding up if challenged.

I would check to see if your lease requires a specific method of providing notice and provide it that way, otherwise I would suggest sending a letter to cover your bases, just to avoid a dispute over the issue if nothing else.

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