What is a lease termination letter?
A lease termination letter is a document used to notify a tenant or landlord that the tenant’s lease will be ending. It clarifies what is expected of the landlord or tenant during the transition. A lease termination letter often includes a deadline for when the tenant needs to vacate the rental property, the reason for the lease termination, and anything that could be done by either party to rectify the situation.
Before you send a lease termination letter to your tenant or landlord, be sure to review the house rental agreement or apartment lease agreement and local landlord-tenant laws. Consider consulting an attorney if the lease or situation is especially complex. Note that a lease termination letter is not an eviction notice. Eviction occurs when a landlord and tenant can’t come to an agreement, and the landlord turns to the courts to force the tenant to leave the property.
When to use a termination of lease letter.
The lease itself often dictates when a written notice of termination is needed. Both landlords and tenants need to give the other party a notice period before the new move-out date, and the number of days in that period should depend on the specifics of the lease. A 30-day notice is typically required for month-to-month leases, while a 90-day notice is more common for longer leases.