How do I break my rental agreement?
2 attorney answers
I agree with Mr. Nguyen (as always). The legal requirements are descended from an ancient common law rule called the Statute of Frauds. Any interest in real estate, including the burden on title of possession, for over one year MUST be in writing, MUST contain a legal description (NOT the address) and the signatures of the parties MUST be notarized. Only then is the lease "fit for recording".
If your lease is not notarized, you have a month to month lease by default. If you wish to vacate, then give a proper 20 day notice to terminate and vacate as noticed.
If you anticipate a challenge from the landlord, hire Mr. Nguyen to deal with the entire process from the beginning to the end.
You should review the specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options.
In WA, an agreement to rent a place for more than a year must meet statutory requirements for a deed. The requirements include the grantor's (landlord's) signature being acknowledged (notarized) and a legal description of the property.