3 Things to Know About a Notice to Vacate

A notice to vacate is given when a tenant is planning on moving out or if the landlord needs the tenant to move out of a rental property. It’s a written form that specifies the date by which the tenant will be moved out.

1. A notice to vacate can be written by the landlord or the tenant

If a landlord needs a tenant to move out, they may write a notice to vacate to give the tenant a final move-out date. On the other hand, if a tenant is planning to move out, they may write a notice to vacate to the landlord, letting them know the date when the rental property will be empty.

2. A notice to vacate is sometimes known as an “eviction notice”

When a landlord gives the notice to vacate, it’s the same thing as giving an eviction notice. It tells the tenant when they need to be out of the rental property, why they’re receiving an eviction notice and what they need to do before moving out.

3. A notice to vacate should be given at least 30 days in advance.

Whether the landlord or the tenant is giving the notice to vacate, it should be given at least 30 days in advance. Some states have laws that require more time — even 45 or 60 days. So, make sure you check out your state’s laws to find out the legal time period for a notice to vacate.

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The more notice, the better

No matter who is giving the notice to vacate, if you can give more time, it’ll be better for both parties. It will make it easier for the landlord to find a new tenant or for the tenant to find a new place to live.

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Morgen HendersonMorgen Henderson is a writer who grew up in Utah. She lived in the Dominican Republic for a year and a half, where she was involved in humanitarian service. Some of Morgen's work has appeared in State of Digital, The Next Scoop and TechPatio. In her free time, she loves to travel, bake, master DIY projects and improve her Spanish skills.

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