I signed a notice to vacate letter in the middle of April and wanted to see if I could cancel it since it was more than 20 days before I was supposed to move out. I found out that they had already rented my apartment. Can they do that and not allow me to be able to cancel my vacate notice? If not, how many days am I allowed before the last day on the notice? Thanks.
Landlord / Tenant Lawyer
In Washington, either party can end a tenancy on 20 day's notice so long as the notice is given to the other party more than 20 days before the end of the rental period. For example, if you got (or gave) a notice on April 10 that said you needed (or wanted) to be out April 30, that is a valid notice. A longer notice period is OK - 20 days is the shortest possible period.
Since they have all ready rented your apartment, sounds like it is too late to rescind. You can't cancel it because you all ready issued it. Hope this helps (even though I know this is not what you wanted to hear) Elizabeth Powell