How to Give Written Vacate Notice to Your Landlord

How to Give Written Vacate Notice to Your Landlord

Time to move out? Time to let your landlord know. We’ll show you how to give a 30-day notice to vacate in order to avoid move out fees. Landlords and agents are not very good at giving back rent security deposits. To avoid this occurrence, it is wise to give written notice to your landlord/ agent to avoid mishaps.

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So, you’ve found a better place, you’re moving in with a significant other, or you need to skip town for a new job. Whatever your reasoning, you’re moving out and need to submit your 30-day notice. Not sure how to go about the process? We’ll help you through it with this simple, step-by-step guide to giving your landlord/agent a written notice to vacate.

Step 1: Abide by the terms of the lease

In order to break your lease and move out of your current apartment, you’ll need to submit “notice to vacate”. This is the legal term for the 30-day notice most standard leases require before moving out. Whether it’s a month-to-month lease, a 6-month lease, or an annual lease, you’ll need to put your intent to move out in writing. Check your lease to see if your landlord has made any additional requests or if they require more notice before you move out.

Step 2: Be sure of move-out-date

Before you do anything, get the logistics of moving out of the way.

Will you be signing a new lease on a certain day? Are you planning on being in a new city on a particular date? Check your calendar and decide when you want your final day in your apartment to be. From there, you will know how and when you should give your landlord written notice. Again, most leases require 30-days notice, so keep that in mind when planning your move. If you move out early or don’t give enough notice, you may not get your full or partial deposit back, depending on what is in your lease.

Step 3: Draft a letter

Craft your letter stipulating your intent to legally break-off the lease from your current landlord. Be sure to include all the necessary information of when you’re moving out.


Step 3: Mail the Letter and Speak to Your Landlord

Create a copy of your written notice so you have it for your own records, and send the other copy to your landlord. The letter should be postmarked so you can verify you’ve given a full 30 days notice (or however long your lease requires you to give before moving out).

Once you’ve mailed the letter, we also suggest you call or email your landlord. Giving them a heads up will allow them to start looking for a new tenant and will maintain your great landlord-tenant relationship, which will be important when it comes time to get your security deposit back.

Step 4: Plan Your Move

Start planning your next move and snag a new apartment before you’ve even moved out of your current one. Once you’re ready to begin moving, buy your moving supplies, check out local moving companies, organize your belongings to make the moving process go smoothly, and avoid the common mistakes people make when moving out.