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30 Day Notice to Vacate

Most states require that the landlord or the tenant provide the other party with a 30-day notice to vacate if they no longer wish to continue the relationship. 

One of the benefits of renting is that if you are no longer happy with your current living situation, you can choose to move at the end of your lease term or whenever allowable in the contract. However, you can’t simply up and move out in the middle of the night without providing the proper notice. Here is a look at what a 30-day notice to vacate entails and some templates you can use.

What is a 30-Day Notice to Vacate?

A 30-day notice to vacate is an official document that can either be sent by a tenant to a landlord or vice versa, stating either party’s intention to terminate their existing relationship within the next 30 days.

Note that this is not the same as an eviction. A notice to vacate may be the first step in the eviction process, but an official eviction requires a court order. A 30-day notice to vacate provides documentation that enough notice was provided for the tenant to find a new place to live or the landlord to find a new tenant, as allowed by the existing contract. Proper documentation may be necessary if either party disputes the termination or decides to take the case to court.

30 Day Notice to Vacate For Landlords

A landlord may use a 30-day notice if they have a month-to-month contract with the tenant that they no longer wish to renew. Or, if they are planning on selling the building at the end of the lease term and aren’t providing the option to renew, they must give the tenant at least 30 days’ notice (although some states require more notice).

30 Day Notice to Vacate Template For Landlords


[Landlord Name]

[Property Address]

Dear [tenant name],

      [additional tenants on the lease, if applicable]

You are hereby requested to vacate the above premises by [date they must leave]. You must surrender possession of the property to the landlord within the next 30-days. This notice will serve as the official 30-days to vacate required by law. You are being asked to leave for the following reasons: (optional).

You are required to leave the premises in good condition and responsible for any cleaning or repairs necessary to return the unit to move-in condition (apart from normal wear and tear).

Failure to vacate the premises by the above date or fulfill any other responsibilities required by the lease can result in legal action.

Thank you for your cooperation,

[Landlord name]

[Landlord Signature]

30 Day Notice to Vacate for Tenants 

A tenant may use a 30-day notice to inform their landlord that they are not planning to renew the lease at the end of the term. Or it could be used to let the landlord know they are leaving before the end of the lease term if the contract allows it. Some landlords don’t mind if a tenant vacates early, as long as they provide proper notice. Check the lease to see if this is allowed. Otherwise, you may have to complete the original term or face legal consequences. 

30 Day Notice to Vacate Template For Tenants 



[Address of the Property]

Dear [Landlord’s Name],

This notice is to inform you that I will be vacating unit [unit number] at [property address] on [date you intend to leave]. This letter shall serve as my official 30-day notice to vacate.

Please send my security deposit to [your new address].

I will return my keys to [property manager or landlord’s address] on [intended move out date].

Please feel free to contact me at [phone number] or [email address] if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Thank you,

[tenant name]


30 Day Notice to Vacate FAQ

When Should You Send Your Landlord a Notice to Vacate?

You should furnish your landlord with a notice to vacate letter at least 30 days before the day you plan to leave. If you plan to mail it, you may want to send it a few days before the official 30-day mark to account for delays. But you should try to be sure that they receive it as close to the 30-day point as possible to prevent a dispute.

Does 30 Days Notice Need an Apostrophe? 

You can either write it out as 30-day notice or 30-days’ notice, with the apostrophe after the s. The notice applies to multiple days; therefore, it should have an apostrophe at the end. It’s equivalent to writing out “a notice of 30 days” and therefore should have an apostrophe to be grammatically correct.