How to Write a 30-Day Notice

It is essential to notify your landlord that you are leaving a property ahead of time, and one month is generally regarded as an acceptable length of time. Whether you are in an apartment or renting a house, the landlord often needs time to find another person to rent that property. A 30-day notice allows you to inform the landlord properly, and gives you the chance to leave under the most amicable conditions.

Address your letter at the top with your name, street address and apartment number (if applicable), as well as your city, state and Postcode.

Follow your address with the date, which should be at least 30 days before you plan on vacating the property.

Address underneath to the name of the landlord's property with street address, city, state and Postcode next.

Write "Dear Mr./Ms. ____," to address the letter to your landlord.

Compose a short message that is straight to the point. Include your intent to vacate the property, when you plan on leaving and cite any applicable conditions in your lease agreement or contract.

Ask for any move-out instructions, state that you will be leaving the property in the proper condition, and--if you'd like--request that the landlord do a walk-through with you prior to your move-out. State what you will do with the keys or any belongings of the property. Include what you would like the landlord to do with your security deposits, with your future address to send the deposit to.

End your letter with "Sincerely," and your typed name, and then sign your name with a pen. Be sure that all tenants sign the notice. Leave additional contact information (phone number) and the best time for your landlord to get in contact with you, if necessary.


Make a copy of the notice for your records, in case it is lost. Check to see if the landlord has a 30-day notice form for you to fill out.


A 30-day notice will only be allowed for a month-to-month lease or in the last month of a longer-term lease. Otherwise you will still be on the hook to pay the remaining months of the contract or until the property is rented again.

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Matthew Fortuna is a full-time freelance writer with a journalism degree from Wayne State University, living in the Detroit metropolitan area. He has written about a wide range of topics across varying publications, including Demand Studios, and, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University.

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