If I don’t move within the 20 day stated on my notice to terminate tenancy, what will happen?

I am a month-to-month renter who received a notice to terminate tenancy within 20 days, at my door. Rent is always on time and they is no reason for eviction and I don’t want to have to move.

Asked on June 7, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Washington


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, if you don't move out when the twenty day period elapses, the landlord could proceed with eviction.  If the landlord does not proceed with eviction, but continues to accept your rent payment, you will then be a holdover tenant and will continue with a month-to-month tenancy.

If the landlord is pursuing eviction to retaliate against you for something you did that is not a breach of the lease, you could sue the landlord for retaliatory eviction. 

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