Giving Notice to Terminate Your Rental Agreement

Refer to Your rental agreement about how you must notify your landlord that you want to move out. See here for types of rental agreements.

If you are a month-to-month tenant, you must give notice to your landlord in writing at least 20 days (not including the day your serve the notice) before the last day of the month that you want to move out. For example, if you wanted to move out by July 31, you must give notice no later than July 11.

If you have a rental agreement for a term, you will need to read the section that provides details on giving notice. It is quite common for a rental agreement for a term to require 30 days advance written notice if you intend to stay or move out before the term expires. Landlords are required to offer a tenant in good standing a reasonable lease renewal offer 60-90 days before the current lease expires. You then have 30 days to respond. 

Remember the landlord must receive the notice by the minimum deadline, so allow additional time for mailing if necessary. Hand your notice to your landlord if possible and keep a copy for your records.