Terminating your lease

If your lease in month to month (unlike most leases), you can end it at any time for any reason, as long as you do so according to the terms of the lease. After the lease is legally terminated, your landlord cannot hold you responsible for any future rent payments.

Most month-to-month leases require that you give your landlord at least 30 days written notice of your termination plans. However, if you rented me with a longer lease that has become a month-to-month lease, be sure you look at the lease agreement. Some landlords require 60 days notice given at the end of the month. So if you give notice at the beginning of a month, it could be three months before you can legally move out without breaking the terms of the lease.

After you give notice, your landlord is entitled to any back rent or late fees you owe, and to be reimbursed for any damage you have done to your home. Your landlord deducts the fees and expenses from your security deposit and is required to send you any money left from the deposit within the time period specified in your lease. (If you break your lease don’t expect to get your deposit back.) If the security deposit does not cover everything you owe, your lease probably entitles your landlord to ask you for the difference. If you do not pay it, your landlord may sue you.

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