Month-to-Month Tenant's Termination Letter Help Guide

This letter will help a tenant quickly put a landlord on notice that the tenant intends to vacate the premises on a specific date, usually at the end of the following month. If the tenant is under a fixed-term lease agreement, use a tenant's notice to vacate premises letter to put the landlord on notice.


Notifying the Landlord

It is best to send the letter via certified mail, return receipt requested, so that the tenant can prove that the letter was actually sent. An alternative method would be to send it via email, which can also be used to show that the letter was sent.

It is very important for the tenant to read the original rental agreement to determine whether the landlord requires a specific number of days' notice as well as any other requirements for the tenant to fulfill when ending the tenancy. Most states require the tenant to provide notice prior to the start of the final month that the tenant wants to occupy the premises. For example, if it is currently July 4th and you want to end your month-to-month agreement, then sending your letter on July 4th means that you will have to pay rent through the end of August.

Security Deposit Return

After entering in the relevant information for the tenant and landlord, be sure to include a forwarding address when prompted. Most states require the tenant to provide this information so that the landlord knows where to send any portion of the security deposit owed to the tenant.

Check out the rental agreement to see what the Tenant must do in order to get the security deposit back. There are also often requirements concerning cleaning and repair of any damage to the unit. Finally, don't forget to drop off the keys!

Move-Out Inspection

You also have the option to specify whether or not the tenant wants to be present when the landlord conducts an inspection of the premises to determine whether the tenant owes for any damages. Many states require the landlord to allow the tenant to be present during this inspection.

We recommend that the tenant always insist on being present if he or she wants to have the security deposit returned. It is also a good idea to take a thorough video of the unit before or during the inspection. This will help prove the condition that the tenant left the unit in and whether or not there was damage should there ever be a dispute.

Our form allows you to enter a date and time you would prefer the inspection to occur, and the landlord should coordinate with you if he or she wants to do the inspection at a different time.

Lastly, be sure to sign and date the letter before sending it. It is also a good idea to retain a copy of the original letter.

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