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How to Give Notice that You’re Moving Out

Moving out of an apartment can be a thrilling prospect, especially if you’re uprooting to far sweeter surroundings. But before you let your enthusiasm get the better of you, be sure to give sufficient notice to your landlord before racing off to your new house or apartment rental. By failing to give a 30 days’ notice to move out, you could be giving up on your security deposit and even leaving yourself open to costly legal ramifications if you’re sued by the property management.

If you’re not much of a wordsmith, you can use the move out notice sample below to help you write that all-important goodbye note to your landlord.

Start by reading your rental agreement.

This doesn’t mean just skimming through it to get to the good parts. Read it thoroughly. Make sure you understand everything that’s contained within it. Many apartment complexes that rent to you on a month-to-month basis will require that you give them 30 days’ notice, but this could vary and it might actually be greater than 30 days.

If you’ve signed an apartment rental lease promising to stick around for a specific length of time and you’ve still got a long way to go before it’s up, discuss your options with your landlord first to see if you can arrive at an agreeable solution that’ll pave the way for you to kick up dust without fear of getting sued for breaking the lease.

Put your move out notice in writing.

Next, make it official by putting your intent to leave in writing. If you don’t have a computer, find someone that does or go to the library — you don’t want your notice to be hand-written because it leaves open the opportunity for someone to misread what you wrote.

Write your notice.

Use this move out notice sample to frame your written notice, taking the landlord or property management company’s name and address from your lease and filling in the blanks where indicated.

Date (Be certain that the date on your letter is at least 30 days from your scheduled move-out date. If your rental agreement stipulates that you have to give a different length of notice, be sure to care for this.)

Your Name

Your Address and Apartment Number

City, State, and ZIP Code

Attention: Your Landlord’s Name (or the name of the property management company)

Your Landlord’s Address

City, State, and ZIP Code

Please accept this written notification that I will be vacating my residence at the address provided below effective MM/DD/YYYY.

(Re-type your address here.)

Your Address and Apartment Number

City, State, and ZIP Code

This notice satisfies the required notice of XX days which was stipulated on my original rental agreement. I will deliver all keys for the property to the business office on or before the date indicated above. Please send my refundable deposit and any other money owed to me to the address below.

(Enter your new address here.)

Your Name

Your New Address

City, State, and ZIP Code

Please feel free to contact me by phone if you have any questions at (enter a phone number where your landlord can reach you).

Sincerely, Your Name (typed)

Your Signature

Keep a record.

Make a copy of the letter and keep it for your records. If you have to send the letter to an out-of-state address, be sure to allow an extra seven days for it to travel through the mail. Also, consider sending it with delivery confirmation so that you’ll have proof the intended recipient actually received it.

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