When the time comes for you to give notice to your landlord you need the right words.

Before you begin, make sure to read over your lease so you can confirm that the wording of our sample letter, as well as the timing and method of your delivery, complies with your lease requirements. Don't forget to include the date of your letter, the date you'll be leaving your apartment and a forwarding address. If you're breaking your lease, there are some additional considerations.

Here's a sample letter for when you give notice on your rental.

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Your Name
Current Address of Your Apartment
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).

Please advise me on when my security deposit of $____ will be returned to me, 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)
(Apartment number)

Now all you have to do is fill in the blanks. If you are mailing your notice, be sure to follow up with a phone call to make sure that your landlord received it.

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About The Author

Steve Harper enjoys seeking out and writing about topics that matter to renters for the Apartment Guide Blog. He hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Find Steve on Google.

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