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How to Give Notice When You're Moving Out of a Rental Home

With all the confusion and stress of packing your life into boxes and hauling it to your new place, don't forget to give your landlord proper notice.


  • Step 1: Check your lease Check your lease to see how much notice you are required to give before moving out of your rental home. Even if your lease is expiring and your landlord knows you are moving out, it may be required that you give formal notice.
  • Step 2: Look up landlord-tenant laws Research landlord-tenant laws to see how much notice you are legally required to give if you are have a month-to-month agreement without a lease.
  • Step 3: Write and deliver the notice Write the notice and deliver it personally or send it via certified mail.
  • TIP: Contact your landlord to make sure you both agree on your move-out day if you give notice through the mail.
  • Step 4: Sublet Negotiate with your landlord if you have to leave the rental home before your lease expires. See if you landlord will let you sublet the space to someone else.
  • Step 5: Strike a deal Inform your landlord if you need more time to move out after your lease expires. Strike a deal to leave quietly and as soon as you can. Landlords hate to go to court, and are usually willing to work problems out.
  • Step 6: Arrange an inspection Arrange a final inspection of the rental home with your landlord before moving out. This will help you get your security deposit back by making sure your landlord is satisfied with the way you leave the home. Enjoy your new place!
  • FACT: According to a 2010 survey, 27 percent of renters do not plan on owning a home.

You Will Need

  • Copy of your lease
  • Landlord-tenant laws
  • Written notice
  • Final inspection

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