posting and mailing, and may want to consider hiring a professional process
server to accomplish personal service on the tenant.
If you serve the notice by posting and mailing, you must post enough copies
of the notice for each tenant, and you must also mail copies to each tenant.
You must mail the copies within three (3) calendar days after
you post it on
the door. You cannot mail the notice before you post it.
Posting means taping or tacking the notice to the door of the property. It is
valid service to slide the notice under the door, place it in the mailbox, or
enter the property and leave it inside. If there is more than one unit in the
building, the notice must be posted on the door to the room or unit occupied
by the tenant who has not paid the rent.
Do not post the notice on the front
door of a building with more than one apartment or on the front door of the
house if the tenant is renting a single room.
4. Registered mail
: You may also send the notice by registered mail. If you use
registered mail, the tenant must sign for the notice him or herself. If
someone other than the tenant signs for the notice, you will have to send the
notice again until the tenant actually signs for it or use some other way of
delivering the notice (see Numbers 1, 2, and 3 above). If you use registered
mail, you must be able to obtain proof from the post office that the tenant
actually signed for the notice, such as a return receipt.
Serving the Rent Administrator with the 30-DAY NOTICE TO CORRECT
VIOLATION OF OBLIGATION OF TENANCY OR VACATE: After you serve the
tenant with the 30-day notice, you must serve a copy of the notice on the Rent
Administrator not more than five (5) days after service on the tenant. You can do
this by either mailing or hand-delivering a copy to the Housing Regulation
Administration, 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 20020.
The phone number is (202) 442-9505. If you hand-deliver a copy of the notice,
they will stamp your copy with the date that you delivered the notice.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Landlords: If some of the tenant’s rent is
or should be paid by the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, then you must
send the D.C. Housing Authority a copy of the 30-day notice. The address is 1133
North Capitol, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
In some situations, a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher landlord is allowed to serve
a notice to vacate that does not include a right to correct the problem if the
tenant(s), occupants(s), or their guests have engaged in certain types of drug-
related and/or other criminal activity. You may want to speak to a lawyer if you
think that you should be able to serve a notice to vacate that does not give the
tenant a chance to fix the problem and avoid eviction.