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Is there a legal limit to the amount of vacate notice a commercial sublettor can require of a sublettee?

Seattle, WA |

My commercial (subletting) lease ends Oct. 2012. Today is the 5th of October. My lease says I should give 60 days notice (which I think is ridiculous), but I'd like to be out, ideally, by the end of October. When is the earliest I can move out?

I'm in Washington state.

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The answer depends on the language of the sublease. If it is truly a term that ends October 2010, the term ends and you should be able to leave. If there is language that says "and month to month thereafter" it may be more problematic. In that case you may be held liable for 60 days from either the date of notice or from last day of October (e.g. End of December). This also depends on the language in the sublease document related to the 60 day notice.

Lawrence Stephen Glosser

Lawrence Stephen Glosser


Correct October 2010 to Ocotber 2012 in my answer


I agree with Mr. Glosser and would add you should speak with your landlord and negotiate a termination agreement. If the lease truly terminated you can go. Get everything in writing before it gets out of hand.
Good Luck

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Just writing to add that its important not to confuse "being in possession" with "paying rent". Commercial landlord tenant agreements are purely creatures of contract, and they can create whatever terms the parties want. Giving 60 day's notice is a term. It isn't great, but there it is. It doesn't mean you cannot leave, it just means that you are likely going to owe an additional month's rent.

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