Thank you, K.
Even though she is a sub-tenant, she has all the same rights as a tenant. If you are going on a month to month basis, ordinarily, she would need a minimum of 20 days notice to quit under RCW 59.18.200 (here
Now, this is what you did, and it has been 23 days, and she has not left. This means you can arguably evict
her.. it was like 23 days notice and only cuz we changed our minds about extending the lease
Whatever is written down has a lot more credibility than anything verbal. If you gave her a 20 days notice, there is a presumption that this 20 days notice STANDS as is, and there is no proof that the mind was changed unless she proves it. Someone in your situation may wish to deny that this happened, or at least, limit disclosure.
With this assumption in place, she can now be evicted.can i just move her stuff and be done?
I am afraid not. Even as a tenant who has overstayed (called a holdover tenant), a tenant has the right to be evicted, and cannot simply be locked out. Please find the step by step for an eviction here
. Again, no notice is necessary if one can show that there was no other understanding reached after the filing of the original notice.
The good thing is that the vast majority of tenants LEAVE once served, or even before, since most do not wish to go through an eviction hearing which may end up on their credit history.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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