My Landlord Just Gave Me a 10-Day Notice to Comply or Vacate
Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
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If you rent the place where you live and you got a 10-Day Notice to Comply or Vacate from your landlord, learn what that is and what you should do about it. #6354EN
- I live in the state of Washington, should I read this?
- What will I learn by reading this?
- What is a 10-Day Notice to Vacate?
- What if I don't agree that I am breaking a rule?
- Does the termination notice have to be delivered in a certain way?
- Can my landlord evict me just by giving me this notice?
- Get Legal Help
*Read this only if you live in the state of Washington.
I live in the state of Washington, should I read this?
Yes, if you rent the place where you live and you just got a 10-Day Notice to Comply or Vacate from your landlord.
No, if you own the mobile home you live in, and rent the lot. Instead, read My Manufactured/Mobile Home Park Landlord Just Gave Me a 14-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate and talk to a lawyer right away. Contact information is below.
*COVID-19 Update! Eviction law is changing quickly. There are temporary bans and changes to how courts handle evictions. Things may be different depending on where you live. Get the latest information and learn about help for evictions in your area at WashingtonLawHelp.org: Coronavirus (COVID-19): There are only a few reasons your landlord can evict you right now
What will I learn by reading this?
What this notice is
What to do if you get this notice from your landlord
Where to get legal help
What is a 10-Day Notice to Vacate?
A 10-Day Notice to Comply or Vacate is a warning from your landlord. A landlord who believes you are breaking the rules of your lease, other than not paying rent, may give you a 10-Day Notice to Comply or Vacate.
The notice should tell you exactly which part of the rental agreement you are supposedly breaking. You then have 10 days from the date you got the notice to stop breaking the rules.
For example, if your lease states that people who are not listed on the lease cannot stay for more than one week, your landlord might give a 10-Day Notice, stating you have "unauthorized occupants." You would then have 10 days to ask your guest to leave, or your landlord may file an eviction lawsuit against you.
The landlord must win an eviction lawsuit against you and get a judge to sign an order directing the sheriff to evict you.
If you fix the problem within 10 days of getting the notice, your landlord should stop the eviction process.
What if I don't agree that I am breaking a rule?
If you don't agree that you are breaking a rule, write a letter to the landlord stating that you dispute the notice. Keep a copy of your letter. Then try to get legal help. Contact information is below.
Does the termination notice have to be delivered in a certain way?
The landlord (or their employee or another adult) can "personally serve" you at home by handing the notice to you. The landlord can also hand it to another adult or older teenager who lives with you. The landlord can also tape it on your door, but then they must also mail a copy to you.
A 10-Day Notice to Comply or Vacate that is by text, voicemail, email or in person is not a proper notice and does not start the eviction process.
*The notice does not have to be notarized.
Can my landlord evict me just by giving me this notice?
No. Washington state does not let landlords evict tenants without following the proper court eviction process. The landlord must give you a proper written "termination" notice before starting an eviction lawsuit. The 10-day Notice to Comply or Vacate is one type of termination notice.
Get Legal Help
Eviction laws and the ways courts are handling the COVID-19 crisis may change quickly and be different depending on where you live. Get the latest information and learn about help for evictions in your area on WashingtonLawHelp.org.
Visit Northwest Justice Project to find out how to get legal help.