Properly Terminating a Month-to-Moth Lease or Rental

If the lease agreement has ended, or if the rental is month-to-month, either the landlord or the tenant could end the tenancyby giving the other a 30-day advance written notice. The time for the notice varies depending on how often rent is paid. For example, if rent is due every week, only a 7-day advance written notice is needed. However, for the landlord terminate a rental that a tenant has been living in for over a year, the required notice is 60-days.On the other hand, if the lease agreement specifies a different amount of notice (not 30 days), the tenant must give the landlord notice according to what the lease says.

When a tenant intends to move out and gives a written 30 days notice, he/she should:

  • Date the notice
  • State the date that he/she is intending on moving out
  • State the mailing address he/she you want the security deposit sent to
  • Request an initial inspection of the rental property
  • Sign the notice and keep a copy
  • Personally give the notice to the landlord or property manager, or alternatively send it by certified or registered mail with return receipt requested.

If you have issues with terminating the tenancy or getting your security deposit back from your landlord, DBY Law can help. Call the firm today at (213) 316-8844 for a free consultation.