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Updated June 28, 2022

A Washington fourteen (14) day notice to quit is a document served by landlords to tenants who have failed to pay rent on time. It is mandatory in the state of Washington to give tenants the choice to pay rent within fourteen (14) days of receiving notice or to remove themselves from the premises, giving back possession to the landlord. If the tenant fails to pay or vacate, the landlord may then file an eviction lawsuit with the court.

When complete, the notice should be delivered in person to the tenant. If the tenant is unavailable, leaving the notice with someone else living in the residential unit is allowed but the landlord must also send a copy to the premises by certified mail. If the tenant and no other individual can be found on the property, the landlord may leave the notice attached to the property in a conspicuous place and also sending a copy by certified mail addressed to the rental unit.

Laws RCWA 59.12.030(3) and RCWA 59.18.057

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1 – Download The Paperwork Required To Issue A 14-Day Notice To Pay Rent

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2 – Directly Address The Notice Recipient

The first task that must be performed after opening this document will be to specifically name the individual Tenant(s) who this notice is aimed at. This is the Tenant that has not paid the rent and expenses he or she agreed to pay in the lease and will be given the ultimatum this notice presents. Enter the full name of the Tenant(s) on the first blank line. 


3 – Document The Address Being Leased

Locate the line labeled “Enter Rental Property Address” then record the physical address you expect the Tenant to vacate. This must be the address where one can physically view and access the concerned premises. 


4 – List All Overdue Charges This Notice Concerns

It will be crucial to the operation of this notice that a full account of the expected payments is presented. Three sections have been organized for this purpose. The subject matter of the first will be overdue rent. Two columns after the term “(1) Monthly Rent Due For” will allow you to discuss this matter. Use the column on the left, labeled “List Month(s),” to name every month that the Tenant owes rent and the column on the right, “Dollar Amount(s),” to document the exact amount of money that must be submitted by the Tenant to satisfy this notice.  The second part, “(2) Utilities Rent Due For,” enables a report on the overdue amounts that must be paid for utilities. Use the left-hand column to report every month that requiring a utility payment to be submitted by the Tenant and the precise “Dollar Amount ($)” that must be paid for that month in the right-hand column.    If the Tenant has any other outstanding charges that must be paid for the Landlord to allow him or her to continue leasing (and occupying) the property, then they must be listed on a month by month basis with the exact amount of money that must be paid to satisfy the debt. The two columns, labeled “List Month(s)” and “Dollar Amount($),” under the heading “(3) Other Recurring Or Periodic Charges…” have been included for this purpose.  The last area requiring definition is the blank space corresponding to the bold phrase “Total Amount Due.” Add the values you entered in the right-hand column of each of the previous sections to one sum then place the figure you calculated on this line.         


5 – Execute This With The Landlord Signature And Instructions

Once you have supplied each month where the Tenant is in default and the amount required for a continued residence, the Landlord, Owner, or Property Manager with the right to execute this document must sign his or her name on the line labeled “Owner/Landlord”    Immediately after signing his or her name, the Landlord or Owner must document the calendar date that he or she signed this document.   In addition to this signature, the address where the “Total Amount Due” must be sent should be included for the benefit of a timely response. The Landlord or Owner’s name should be printed on the “Owner/Landlord Name” line and his or her mailing address should be supplied to the blank lines that follow.