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Tips on Writing a Move Out Notice to Your Landlord

Security Deposit, Tips on Writing

I’ve been renting on and off for about 3 ½ years now. About a month ago I gave my landlord my 30 day move out notice. This time I won’t be moving to another apartment. This time I have my own house. For those of you that may be also taking this step or will be moving to another apartment, I have a bit of advice for your move out notice to your landlord.

It is important to give a move out notice in writing to your landlord so that you both may have a hard copy of the terms and dates of the move out. Making sure you are both on the same page helps to make a smooth move out. Before writing your move out notice, go through your lease and make sure you know how many days notice you need to give and what you need to do to get your security deposit back. Most landlords require a 30-day notice and a forwarding address to return your security deposit.

Start the letter by stating that you are giving the right amount of notice and letting them know which property or apartment you are renting. Be sure to give the date of your move out and request details on their requirements for the cleaning of the rental property. When it comes to the security deposit, ask that it be returned within 30 days after leaving and you may want to state the amount of your deposit you expect to receive back. The last essential piece of information is your forwarding address and any other contact information you would like to supply them with.

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The template below is what I used to give notice to my landlord. It includes all of the important information and details that my landlord needed to be notified of. About 3 days after I dropped the letter off at the main office I received a receipt letter in the mail. You should except to receive the same. Feel free to fill in your information and modify the below letter to your situation and give to your landlord when you are ready to move out.

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Date (Month, day, year)

Rental Property Name


City, state, zip

Dear Sir or Madam,

According to the terms of my lease requiring a 30 day notice, you are hereby advised of my intent to vacate the rental property at _____________________ on or before______________. I will be cleaning the apartment as to leave it in a good condition. Please send me any specific move-out cleaning instructions if you have any. I will remove my personal belongings and turn in my keys on or before________________. Please send me an invoice for the prorated amount that will be due on _______________.

I would appreciate the return of my security deposit within thirty (30) days after I have vacated my apartment. The forwarding address for the return of my security deposit is:



If you have any questions, please contact me at ____ – _____ – _______.

Thank you for your courtesy and services during the period of my lease.

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Your Name

Your address

Your phone number