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What do I have to do if I want to move out of my rental?

Posted by: raindrop 8 years, 11 months ago


If you are currently on a month-to-month tenancy, you can move out of your apartment at any time by giving 30 days written notice to your landlord.  

So, if you want to move out on September 14, you must give your landlord a signed notice not later than August 14.

Sample 30 day notice:

Date : _____________________

Landlord’s Name: _______________________

Address of Rental Unit:

According to the terms of my lease requiring a 30 day notice letter, you are hereby advised of my intent to vacate the premises on or before this date __________.

I will be cleaning the unit as to leave it in a good condition. Please send me any specific move out cleaning instructions if you have any.  Also if applicable:  I would like a pre-move out inspection so that we can discuss what I need to do in order to receive my security deposit in full after my departure. I will remove my personal belongings and turn in my keys on or before __________. Please send me an invoice for the prorated rent amount that will be due on __________.

I would appreciate the return of my security deposit and if possible a reference letter within 21 days after I have vacated my apartment. The forwarding address for the return of my security deposit is:

If you have any questions, please call me at ____________________.

I have enjoyed my tenancy at your property. Thank you for everything.

Tenant’s Signature

Tenant’s Name: _________________________


If you are in the military and have to move out of your rental due to permanent orders from your branch of service, and you are in the middle of your lease, include a copy of your military orders with your notice to vacate.  Remember, that deployment orders do not activate the military clause in your lease.

If you are in the middle of your lease and are not in the military but need to vacate, contact your landlord about different options.  Occasionally, if you can identify a qualified tenant to sign a lease upon your move out, your landlord will not hold you accountable for the remainder of your lease.  However, contractually, you are required to carry-out the remainder of your lease.



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