Before a tenant may vacate a rental home or apartment, he must often notify his landlord of his intentions via a 30 day notice. A 30 day notice gives the landlord time to find another renter before the original tenant leaves.

Length of Notice Depends on Lease

While many leases state that a tenant has only to give a 30 day notice to his landlord, some require 60 and even 90 day notices. Still others do not allow the tenant the opportunity to break his lease at all. Don’t just assume that giving your landlord a 30 day notice gives you the right to move out without penalty. In some cases, it doesn’t.

Renting without a Lease

When you rent without the benefit of a lease, you may give your landlord a 30 day notice at any time that states your intent to vacate the premises within one month. In turn, your landlord may also provide you with the same notice requiring you to leave the home or apartment within 30 days.

Prorated Rent

If you move out before your 30 days has expired, your landlord may opt to prorate your rent. This means you may only have to pay your landlord for the number of days during the month that you occupied the premises.

Put the Notice in Writing

You should take care to put a 30 day notice in writing and keep a copy for yourself. This not only formally informs your landlord of your intention to leave, but it also reduces the chances of your landlord claiming that you failed to provide him with adequate notice and now owe additional rent.

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