Moving houses is sometimes planned months in advance but at other times comes up suddenly due to job or family circumstance. Your rights as a tenant will depend on whether or not you’re bound by a lease and whether or not you gave your landlord proper notice. Regardless of the situation, you’ll have to leave the property in reasonably good condition, or the landlord can take legal action against you. Here are some important notes for renters and landlords both:
Giving Proper Notice to the Landlord
Whether you have a lease or not, you’ll have to give your landlord proper notice before you move out, and it must be in writing. The length of your notice will depend on how often you have to pay the rent. Most people pay every month, so you’ll most likely have to give at least a 60-day notice before you can move out.
If you pay weekly or daily, you must give at least a 28-day notice, and you’re required to move out the day before the rent is due because that’s when the tenancy officially ends. If you decide to move out in the middle of the month, you could be responsible for another month’s rent.
Written Consent to Terminate the Lease
Under normal circumstances, you don’t have the right to move out of the property while the lease is still in effect, but you can give your landlord at least a 60-day notice of your moving out on the last day of the lease. Once it has been terminated, you do have the right to stay on a month-to-month basis without signing a new lease, but you may want to leave before your lease expires.
If that’s the case, you must get written consent from your landlord to terminate the lease and move out of the property. You could be responsible for paying rent throughout the remainder of the lease. And from there, you can work out an agreement that could benefit the both of you. You could sublet the property, or you could sign the lease over to someone else. However, the landlord must agree to these terms beforehand.
Regardless of the circumstances, you must leave the property in the same condition in which you found it (aside from the usual wear and tear), or the landlord may ask for financial compensation for any of the costs associated with the damage. You may also have to cover any loss of income during the time that the property is being repaired, and he or she could sue you if you’re not able to pay.
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