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How to Give Written 30-Day Notice to Your Landlord

If you are planning a move, follow these tips to give your landlord the appropriate written notice and avoid the penalties that could arise by leaving on bad terms.


  • Step 1: Review your lease Review your lease to determine how much notice you must give your landlord before you move. The lease details penalties that could arise if you don't give proper notice. Most landlords require a 30-day notice to return your security deposit.
  • Step 2: Write your letter Write a letter to your landlord that includes the specific date you intend to move and your forwarding address, which allows your landlord to send your security deposit to your new home.
  • TIP: Be sure to keep a copy of your letter for your records to ensure minimal disputes.
  • Step 3: Send your letter Write your landlord's address legibly on a stamped envelope. Place your letter in the envelope and put it in the mail. Consider going to the post office and sending the letter via certified mail to enable tracking and proof of delivery.
  • Step 4: Call your landlord Call your landlord to confirm that your letter was received. Ask your landlord to send your security deposit to your forwarding address after your move-out date.
  • Step 5: Clean your apartment Clean your apartment. Revisit your lease for any special instructions or a checklist of what needs to be cleaned. Leave your apartment the way you found it and you will be on your way.
  • FACT: Major Wilmer McLean is sometimes called the landlord who hosted the start and the end of the Civil War, because the prelude to the first Battle of Bull Run took place on his property in Manassas and the Confederacy's surrender took place in his next home in Appomattox.

You Will Need

  • Lease
  • Pen and paper
  • Stamp

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