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Ok, under Washington law, specifically RCW 59.04.030, there is no notice required when a fixed term lease ends. It simply expires and if the tenant doesn't vacate, and you don't want to extend the lease as a month to month tenancy, then you can immediately go to the local Superior courthouse and file an eviction, called an unlawful detainer, against the tenant to get a judgment and writ that the sheriff will execute to forcibly remove them.
The clerk sets a hearing date and you are responsible for having the tenant served by the sheriff or constable. At the hearing date, the judge will hear from both sides and then issue an order granting you a judgment and issuing a writ of execution for any delinquent rent and costs including reasonable attorney's fees..
After the writ is issued, you can have the sheriff serve it on the tenant 5 days later and forcibly evict them if they haven't vacated.
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But to be honest, getting a same day appointment with a local attorney the day after New Years is probably not going to happen as most attorney's offices don't reopen until tomorrow..
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And most attorney, (excepting the ones here on JustAnswer), take the day off for vacation.. But there really isn't a critical rush for you because you can't get anything filed today anyway as all the courts are closed. Once you filed the eviction case, it will probably take a couple weeks before you can get put on the docket..