When the time comes for you to move out of your apartment, you'll need to give your landlord a notice to vacate letter.
Unsure what to include? We have a guide on what information is required and a sample notice to vacate letter to help you find the right words.
A notice to vacate is a written document that's given to your landlord or property manager to tell them you intend to end your lease. This letter is required for most rentals, no matter how long the lease is. A notice to vacate is required even if your lease has an official end date. It can be helpful to mark this day in your calendar when you first sign a lease so you don't miss it.
When to give your letter of intent to vacate will depend on your lease. While most properties need 30 days of notice, some require 45 or 60 days. Read over your lease to confirm the timing requirements.
Here's a sample letter for when you give notice on your rental. Fill in the information for sections in parentheses ( ), while the section in brackets [ ] is for your information, not to be included in the letter.
(Current Address of Your Apartment, unit ###)
(City, State, ZIP Code)
(Landlord Or Apartment Company's Name)
(Address as Printed on Your Lease)
(City, State, ZIP Code)
Re: Notice of Intent to Vacate
Dear (Name of landlord or manager),
This letter constitutes my written (number of days' notice that you need to give based on your lease agreement)-day notice that I will be moving out of my apartment on (date), the end of my current lease.
I am leaving because (new job, rent increase, etc.) [If there are problems with the apartment, your landlord would probably like to know, but be diplomatic — you have your rental history to consider. This section is not strictly necessary, but can be good as a professional courtesy.]
Please advise me on when my security deposit of $ (amount agreed upon in your lease) will be returned, as well as if you will be taking any money out for damages that fall outside of normal wear and tear.
I can be reached at (phone number and address) after (your moving day).
(Your Name & Signature)
Now that you know what to include, you should be ready to write your notice to vacate. Remember to be as respectful as possible during this process in case you need to use your landlord as a reference on a future rental application.