The information on the page is based on the laws of the state of Washington. Landlord-tenant law is very different in different jurisdictions. Even in Washington the information on this website is not a substitute for advice about your circumstances.
If a tenant violates a material term of the lease other than paying rent the landlord must serve a 10-day notice to comply with the lease or vacate. Examples include keeping pets or failure to pay utilities in violation of the lease terms.
Some pointers on a 10-day notice to comply or vacate:
- Check your lease. If the lease grants more time or additional means to serve the notice the additional terms must be complied with.
- The time and manner of service is strictly construed against the landlord. Our forms have instructions on how to serve the notice to comply or vacate.
- Do not include rent. Rent should be on a 3-day notice to pay rent or vacate.