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:

Sample Notice of Intent to Vacate

Your Name

Your Current Address

[Today’s Date]

[Landlord’s Name]

[Landlord’s Address]

 Re: Notice of Intent to Vacate

Dear [Landlord’s name],

Per the terms of my lease, I am required to provide written notice to vacate at least [insert number of days required in your lease to give notice here] days prior to the end of my monthly rental period. This letter shall serve as my written notice of intent to vacate the premises. I will be fully moved out by [insert date here].

My security deposit of [insert amount] should be refunded in full due to the fact that my apartment has been left in good condition. Please send my deposit to my forwarding address: [insert address].

If any issues or concerns come up, I can be reached at [insert phone number and email address].


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

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