So you’ve decided to move out of your apartment. Now it’s time to tell your landlord you’re leaving by writing a notice of intent to vacate.

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Much like cover letters and letters of recommendation, there’s a certain art to writing an intent to vacate letter. Not sure where to start? Here’s an easy-to-use template:

Notice of Intent to Vacate Template

[Your name]

[Your current address]

[Today’s date]


[Your landlord’s name or property management company]

[Landlord’s or property management company’s address]

Re: Notice of intent to vacate

Dear [insert landlord’s name]

This letter serves as my written notice of intent to vacate by

  • . My forwarding address will be [insert address] and if any issues or concerns come up, I can be reached at [insert phone number and email address].

    My security deposit of [insert amount] should be refunded in full due to the fact that my apartment has been left in good condition. The deposit can be sent to [insert address].

    Thank you,

    [insert your name]

    4 Tips for Your Notice of Intent to Vacate

    1. Keep it simple. A notice to vacate should be straightforward and get to the point. Only include the necessary information.

    2. Don’t forget your contact information, current address and new address. Your landlord has to be able to identify who you are and where you live if he or she is going to be able to help you out.

    3. Be clear and concise. Don’t give your landlord a ballpark date of when you’re leaving—give him or her an exact day.

    4. Don’t forget your security deposit. That’s your money! Here are some tips on making sure you get it back: How to Get Your Security Deposit Back