I live in Seattle, and my lease is up soon, however it doesn't specify what time of day we have to be out of the unit, as my previous leases have.

I reviewed the RCW and local law, but could find no default time that a lease ends. I am curious to know before we talk with our landlord about it.

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    Do you mean time of day on the date that the lease terminates? The default would be midnight on the date of termination (due to the definition of a particular date on the calendar), although many leases vary that by agreement, and there may be some jurisdictions that vary that by law. – ohwilleke Jun 3 '19 at 20:58
  • @ohwilleke Well, yes, not to sound sassy, but I'm not sure what other day could have been implied. – Azor Ahai -- he him Jun 4 '19 at 3:45
  • Thought you could have been talking about the end of a calendar month or something like that. – ohwilleke Jun 4 '19 at 13:38
  • I'm sitting here shocked to learn that someone's lease specifies a time of day they have to be out of the unit at upon expiration. Never heard of that! – A.fm. Jun 4 '19 at 23:11
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    @A.fm. Really? My two prior leases both said noon. – Azor Ahai -- he him Jun 4 '19 at 23:13


You need to be out by the end of the period specified on the lease. Days end at midnight. The landlord (or new tenant) can take possession immediately after 24:00:00.

While this is not defined in the Washington code, this is the default situation at common law.

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