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How to Create a Tenant's Notice of Intent to Vacate

A tenant's notice of intent to vacate premises is given to a landlord by a tenant in order to provide notice that the tenant intends to vacate the premises on a specific date, usually at the end of the lease term. This notice is essential under most state law in order to effectively terminate a lease. Use our notice to vacate letter template to create and print your letter in just minutes online.

Party Information

Begin by specifying the addresses of the following:

  • The rental unit
  • The landlord
  • The forwarding address

Notifying the landlord of the forwarding address is usually a requirement for the tenant to receive the security deposit back. Even if the tenant does not yet have a new address, you can still use the address of a friend or family member.

Relevant Dates

On the next step you will enter a few relevant dates. If you are not sure of the date on which you intend to send the notice, feel free to leave that question blank and fill it in at a later time. The lease agreement date is the date on which your lease agreement first became effective. Usually this information is stated near the top of the agreement.

Otherwise, you can use the date next to the signature line of the last party to sign the agreement. If you never executed a formal lease agreement with the landlord, then enter “N/A” here. Lastly, insert the date in which the lease term will end. Again, you should be able to find this information in the lease agreement.

Property Inspection

On the last step you will answer whether or not you wish to be present for the move-out inspection.

By law, landlords are usually required to do such an inspection in order to deduct any damages from your security deposit.

It is always recommended that you attend the move-out inspection. This helps you to avoid having unexpected deductions from your deposit and gives you the opportunity to dispute any damage claims by the landlord on the spot. If you select "yes," you can then enter your preference for when the inspection will occur. Your landlord should notify you if he or she intends to inspect at a different time.

After completing this section, you are finished! Email or print out the notice and mail it to your landlord according to the landlord’s preference for receiving communications from tenants.