30 Day Notice to Landlord

We’re going to cover all you need to know about providing a 30 day notice, as well as offer a customizable template.

If you’re getting ready to move out of your current apartment, you want to make sure you provide your landlord with adequate notice before vacating. Just as a landlord must supply an eviction notice before evicting a tenant, a tenant must provide their landlord with their intent to leave. In many instances, you can provide your landlord with a 30 day notice to vacate.

How much notice do I need to provide before moving out?

When it comes time to move out of your apartment, you must provide proper notice. If you fail to do so, you may be held liable for continued payment of rent.

To determine how much notice you need to provide your landlord before vacating, refer to your lease agreement. It is common for landlords to require a notice of 30 or 60 days, but other lengths of time are possible.

For set term leases of 6 months or a year, your lease may contain a section regarding early termination. Some landlords allow you to end your lease early, as long as you provide proper notice. Other landlords may require you to provide notice and pay a fee if you wish to move out before your lease is up. 

When in doubt, talk to your landlord about your situation as soon as you can. The more time you give your landlord to find a new tenant, the more likely they will allow you out of the lease.

How do I inform my landlord I am intending to move out?

This is where a notice to vacate or lease termination letter comes in. When it comes to rental property, you want to make sure you do everything by the books. Don’t just tell your landlord you’re planning on moving out and call it good.

A notice to vacate contains important information such as your intended move-out day, the day you notified your landlord, and how your landlord should return your security deposit.

How should I provide my notice to my landlord?

As we’ve said, it’s important to provide written notice. Some leases contain information regarding how you should send this notice.

If your lease does not stipulate how you should deliver the notice to your landlord, send both an electronic and paper copy. You may hand your landlord the physical copy or send it to them in the mail.

No matter how you send your notice, make sure you keep a copy for your records.

Do I have to pay full rent for the month I move out?

This depends on your lease terms as well as state and local laws. Some landlords will offer prorated rent, which means they will calculate your rent based on the number of days you’ll be residing in your unit.

To see if prorated rent may be an option, check your lease agreement and talk to your landlord.

Template: 30 Day Notice to Vacate 

If you need to provide a 30 day notice to your landlord, follow this template. All you need to do is customize it with your personal information.

[Today’s date]
[Your Name]
[Your Address]

Dear [your landlord or property manager’s name],

I am writing to inform you I will be vacating my rental unit on [date you intend to vacate]. This letter meets the 30-day notice requirement outlined in my lease agreement.

I will return my keys to [property manager’s office or other address] on [date you intend to vacate]. 

Please send my security deposit within [x days listed in the lease] to [your new address].

If you have any questions please contact me at [your phone number] or [your email address].

Thank you.


[Your name]
[Your signature]

Send Your Notice on Time

After you’ve filled out the template above, make sure you send it to your landlord on time. If they have any questions regarding your notice, refer to your lease agreement as well as state and local landlord-tenant laws.