What to Do When Your Tenant Gives You Notice to Vacate

The tenant will give you written notice if he wants to vacate.  When you receive the notice the first thing you have to do is withdraw the lease. Review the contract keenly. There will be some important points you need to keenly observe when you receive the notice from tenant to vacate.

Time Duration of Written Notice.

The time duration of the notice may vary in every state. In some states common requirement of the time duration is 20 to 30 days prior notice before ending up the rental agreement or vacating the apartment. Before getting into rental contract you need to check up what rules applies in your state regarding prior notice of vacating the apartment. The notice period is to be mentioned in rental contract. If we talk about the State of Washington 20 days prior notice before ending up the rental contract is required to be given by tenant to landlord.

The 20 days prior written notice should be given at the start of the month in which the contract likely to be end.So, if your tenant gives you written notice at the 2nd of the month in which the contract is going to be end that is the best thing. But in case he gives you written notice at 24th of the month and he plan to move 31st of the following month then the tenant is responsible for paying rent through the fulfillment of the lease.


In this case when the tenant does not give you a sufficient notice of vacating the apartment. Two options for them are:

  1. You can stay here for one more month.
  2. They have to pay obligations and they can move according to their plan.

By choosing option 2 they have to pay rent but in case we find new tenant then they will receive a prorated refund on rent from the day the new tenant moves in.

Expiry of lease.

Find out the expiry date of lease. It is very important in order to check whether they are breaking the lease or not. Means they are moving in the middle of the lease or not. If yes, they are breaking the lease then let them know what the obligations they have to pay for it.

There is a one exception of the notice is: if the tenant is military person then he is allowed to break the rental lease. Just because they may get any reassignment or deployment order any time. It is a tiny price for us to pay for those serving in our Military.

Their Deposit Money.

It is important to know how much your vacating tenant’s deposit is. So, you can be prepared to personally cover any overages. Of course, your tenant is still responsible for all charges associated with returning their apartment to rent-ready condition. Let me be honest, it will be a while before that your tenant pays for any overages above and beyond their deposit money.

Utilizing the Deposit as Final Month’s Rent.

Many of the tenants want their deposit should be used as last and final month’s rent. Do not let it happen. It is totally understandable that they want to use their deposit money as last month’s rent as saving up for their new place. But this is not good for you. Make sure your lease agreement should have the clause that clearly mention that the deposit amount could not be use as last month’s rent.

The deposit amount that held by landlord is to encourage positive behavior of the tenant. In case they want to move out without leaving your home in its original condition then you can utilize the deposit amount for paying off the cleaning bills, for fixing the damages, or may be something worst then this. Even if they do not pay the last month rent then you can use that deposit amount. So, always remember do not use deposit amount at any time as rent.

 

 

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