Code of the District of Columbia

§ 42–3505.53. Notice of tenant's intent to vacate upon the expiration of an initial lease term.

(a) Any provision that requires a tenant to provide more than a 30-day notice to the housing provider of the tenant's intention to vacate the premises upon the expiration of an initial lease term shall be void and unenforceable, unless the lease explicitly states that the provision expires upon the expiration of the initial lease term, and that, unless the tenant agrees to sign a renewal lease of other than month-to-month, the tenant thereafter has the right to vacate the premises upon a 30-day notice for so long as the tenant remains a tenant from month-to-month.

(b) Any notice of intent to vacate that a tenant provided prior to the period for which a public health emergency has been declared pursuant to § 7-2304.01, shall be tolled at the election of the tenant for the period of any such public health emergency such that the tenant shall have the same number of days to vacate remaining at the end of the public health emergency as the tenant had remaining upon the effective date of the public health emergency.


(July 17, 1985, D.C. Law 6-10, § 533; as added Feb. 18, 2017, D.C. Law 21-210, § 2(d), 63 DCR 15302; June 8, 2020, D.C. Act 23-328, § 405(b)(5), 67 DCR 7598.)