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14-Day Notices: What Tenants Should Know

Eviction is a confusing legal process. ELAP is working to help tenants understand and exercise their legal rights to stay housed.

Here is some information for tenants who receive a 14-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate from their landlord.

  • Receiving a 14-Day Notice does not mean you have been evicted. It is considered a warning from your landlord.
  • Do not move out without negotiating with your landlord or contacting an attorney. Receiving a Notice is the beginning of a process where you can assert your legal rights.
  • During the 14 days of the Notice, you have several options to resolve the issue: pay the past-due rental amount owed; respond to your landlord’s repayment plan; contact your local dispute resolution center; or contact a civil legal aid organization, like ELAP, for legal assistance
  • Your landlord may only file for eviction for non-payment of rent if the tenant does not participate in dispute resolution or if the dispute resolution is unsuccessful.
  • If a landlord refuses to offer you a reasonable repayment plan for past-due rent, you can use this as a defense against eviction.
  • If you have received a Summons and Complaint, contact the Eviction Defense line to be screened for an appointment with an attorney.

Resources:

ELAP’s Get Help webpage

ELAP flyer about 14-Day Notices

Dispute Resolution Center of King County

Housing Justice Project

Washington Law Help info on 14-Day Notices

Eviction Defense line: 1-855-657-8387

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