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Create a Notice to Vacate Letter by taking advantage of our easy-to-follow templates and examples. Our sample document makes it simple for you to create your legal notice.  

Last Update May 24th, 2022

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What Is a Notice to Vacate Letter

A Notice to Vacate Letter is a legal document that is given from a landlord to a tenant notifying them that they are ending the lease agreement.

It is mostly used for standard 1-year agreements and month-to-month agreements that do not have an end date.

This legal document may go by a different name. What it’s called depends on how much notice you need to give before terminating a rental agreement

Some examples of Notice to Vacate Letters include: 

  • 30 Days Notice to Vacate Letter (month-to-month)

  • 60 Days Notice to Vacate Letter 

  • 90 Days Notice to Vacate Letter 

In most cases, a 30-Day Lease Termination Letter is what will be required for you to end your lease. 

Some states require a landlord and/or tenant to give even more notice, such as 60 or 90 days.

Lease Termination Letter by Type

Something to keep in mind if you decide to end your rental agreement is that there are different types of Lease Termination Letters

The type you need to use depends on a few different factors, including what type of property is rented and what type of agreement you made. 

Here are several examples of Termination Letters you can use: 

  • Generic: Use this If you have a standard 1-year rental contract or a month-to-month contract with no fixed end date. 

  • Early: If you have a contract with a final day on your lease but want to terminate your lease before that day, you will need to use an Early Lease Termination Letter. 

  • Commercial: If a rental agreement is made with a company to use a property for business purposes, it’s best to write a Commercial Lease Termination Letter. 

Use our Lease Termination Letter template to write any type of Lease Termination Letter without effort.

How to Write a Lease Termination Letter

It is essential to outline your Lease Termination Letter correctly. It’s always important to ensure that your legal document is well-written. 

Don’t make any mistakes when writing your document, or you may not be able to end your lease agreement. 

Follow the instructions below to write your document: 

  1. Type of Agreement: Before beginning, review the type of rental agreement you have. Is it a standard lease or a month-to-month lease? That way, you know exactly what to include. 

  2. Names of parties involved: Write down the name of those involved. In other words, the landlord and the tenant. 

  3. Information about the lease: Include the date when the original lease came into effect, as well as when the final day of the contract will be.

  4. The motive for the termination: Choose the reason the rental agreement is coming to an end. It is important to give a reason as to why you are terminating the agreement. 

  5. Forwarding address: Ensure there is a forwarding address where the security deposit can go. 

  6. Signatures: Sign the document and then have it delivered to the tenant or landlord. 

Ensure this document is signed and delivered with the correct amount of notice.

Have the receipt signed by the person who delivers the notice if you aren’t the one doing so. 

Lease Termination Letter to Landlord Example

It is always a good idea to go over an example of a document before you begin to create your own. 

Here you can see an example, to give you an idea of what to include in your Lease Termination Letter or Early Lease Termination Letter from a tenant to a landlord. 

Have a look at the sample below: 

[your name and address]

[Date]

[Name of the landlord & official address, as written in the lease]

Re: Notice to Vacate

Dear [Landlord],

This letter will represent written notice of my intention to leave my apartment on [date], the end of my current lease. I am doing so because [include the reason].

Please recall that I made a security deposit of $______ on [date]. I expect the deposit to be returned in full, as I have left the apartment in good condition.

Sincerely,

[Signature]

[Printed name]

Lease Termination Letter to Tenant Example

We also provide a sample letter to landlords who want to notify their tenants of the termination of a lease agreement. 

Read the example below. 

[Your name and address]

[Date]

[Name of the tenant & official address, as written in the lease]

Re: Notice to Vacate

Dear [tenant],

You are hereby notified to vacate the property on or before [final day]. 

Failure to do so within ______ days or refusal to pay rent will result in legal proceedings to evict you from the property. 

You have the responsibility of paying all present and future rent due under the current lease. 

I appreciate your assistance. 

Sincerely,

[Signature]

[Printed name]

Required Termination Laws by State

Most states make it a requirement to give 30-days notice to end a rental agreement. That is often the case whether you are a landlord or tenant.

Certain states require different amounts of time, and there may be separate conditions for landlords and tenants. 

State Minimum Notice Period Statute
Alabama 30 days § 35-9A-441
Alaska 30 days § 34.03.290(b)
Arizona 30 days § 33-1375
Arkansas 30 days § 18-17-704
California 60 days, for tenancies of more than 1 year,

30 days, for tenancies of 1 year or less,

§ 1946
Colorado 90 days, for tenancies of more than 1 year,

30 days, for tenancies of more than 6 months and less than 1 year,

10 days, for tenancies of more than 1 month and less than 6 months

3 days, for tenancies of more than 1 week and less than 1 month,

1 day, for tenancies for less than a week

§ 13-40-107
Connecticut 3 days § 47a-23
Delaware 60 days § 5106
Florida 15 days § 83.57
Georgia 30 days § 44-7-7
Hawaii 45 days for the landlord, 28 for the tenant § 521-71
Idaho 30 days § 55-208
Illinois 30 days §735 ILCS 5/9-207
Indiana 30 days § 32-31-1-1
Iowa 30 days § 562A.34
Kansas 30 days § 58-2570
Kentucky 30 days § 383.695
Louisiana 10 days § CC 2728
Maine 30 days § 6002
Maryland 60 days § 8-402
Massachusetts 30 days § 186-15B
Michigan 30 days § 554.134
Minnesota 30 days § 504B.135
Mississippi 30 days § 89-8-19
Missouri 30 days § 441.060
Montana 30 days § 70-24-441
Nebraska 30 days § 76-1437(2)
Nevada 30 days § NRS 40.251
New Hampshire 30 days § 540:11(2)
New Jersey 30 days § 2A:18-56
New Mexico 30 days § 47-8-37
New York 30 days § 232-b
North Carolina 7 days § 42-14
North Dakota 30 days § 47-16-07.2
Ohio 30 days § 5321.17
Oklahoma 30 days § 41-111
Oregon 30 days § 91.070
Pennsylvania 15 days, for tenancies of more than 1 year,

30 days, for tenancies of more than 1 year

§ 250.501
Rhode Island 30 days § 34-18-37
South Carolina 30 days § 27-40-770
South Dakota 30 days for landlords,

15 days for the tenant

§ 43-32-13
Tennessee 30 days § 66-28-512
Texas 30 days § 91.001
Utah 15 days § 78B-6-802
Vermont 60 days, for tenancies of 2 years or less,

90 days, for tenancies longer than 2 years

§ 4467
Virginia 30 days § 55.1-1253(A)
Washington 20 days § 59.18.200
Washington D.C 30 days § 42–3505.54(a)
West Virginia 30 days § 37-6-5
Wisconsin 28 days § 704.19
Wyoming No minimum period No statute exists

Landlord-Tenant Documents

To assist both landlords and tenants, other real estate documents can help during any legal process. 

Some types of documents you can find useful include: 

Sample Notice to Vacate Letter

When you are ready to write your Lease Termination Letter, go over an example of what it will look like beforehand. 

Review this Notice to Vacate sample letter before you begin writing: 

FAQs About Lease Termination Letters

We have responded to some of the most common queries regarding how Lease Termination Letters work. 

By responding, we intend to give further information to assist you in the writing process.

How to Deliver a Notice to Vacate Letter

There are multiple ways you should give your landlord or tenant a Notice to Vacate Letter. You can choose to:

  • Send it by certified mail: The USPS will give you a receipt that the letter was delivered. 

  • Deliver with a certificate of service: Get the certificate signed whether you or someone else delivers the document.

How to Get a Lease Termination Letter

You can receive a Lease Termination Letter by going to a lawyer. This is not considered the best method, as it is expensive. 

Instead, take advantage of LawDistrict’s Lease Termination template. It is a simple and inexpensive way to get your letter.

Do I Need a Month-to-Month Lease Termination Letter

You may need a Month-to-Month Lease Termination Letter if your agreement does not have a fixed duration

In other words, if there is no end date on the contract, you will need this type of letter to terminate your rental agreement. 

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