Tips on Writing a Move-out Notice to Landlord

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Tips on Writing a Move-out Notice to Landlord
Deliver the move-out notice in person or use certified mail. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Part of the process of renting involves entering into a lease. A lease is a legal agreement between a tenant and landlord for an agreed upon period of time. If a tenant wants to move out before a lease is up, they usually provide notice of their intent to move out to the landlord. A few tips can help a tenant create a properly written move-out notice to a landlord.


Keep the overall tone of the written notice neutral. Avoid using emotionally charged or negative language in the notice. Even if there are extenuating circumstances that warrant or cause moving out, resist the urge to blame the landlord or use inflammatory language. Instead use factual concise language.

Type the Notice

For documents, such as a notice to move out, utilise a word processor, typewriter or computer to compose and print the notice. Then there is no need for anyone to decipher handwriting. The notice will be clearly understood if it is typed. Taking the time to type the notice also indicates the appearance of thoughtful preparation instead of the negative connotation that can accompany a hastily scrawled handwritten notice.


Dating the move-out notice is imperative. For those paying rent monthly, deliver the notice at least 30 days in advance of the planned move out date. Follow the specifics of a leasing agreement if it indicates that a different notification time line applies.


Don't rely on the drop box slot for an important notice, such as a move out notice. Send the written notice via certified mail or hand the notice to the apartment leasing office personnel yourself. Obtain a receipt for either method to retain for your records, should the issue of date be called into question.

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