Giving / Receiving Notice

Proper Notice to Leave for Leases

  • You must offer a lease renewal to your tenant 60-90 days prior to the lease expiration unless they indicate 60 days prior, their intention to move or you have just cause to not renew the lease which also requires 60-90 days notice.
  • If your lease agreement authomatically reverts to a month by month agreement, no notice is required.
  • If a tenant stays beyond the expiration of the lease, and you accept payment of the next month's rent, the tenant is then assumed to be renting under a month-to-month agreement.
  • A tenant who leaves before a lease expires is responsible for paying the rent until such time as the landlord finds another renter. If the landlord fails to make a reasonable effort to rerent the unit, the original tenant may cease being responsible for rent.

Proper Notice to Leave for Month-to-Month Agreements

  • When a tenant wants to end a month-to-month rental agreement, they must give you written notice a minimum of 20 days before the end of the rental period, to not include the day of service. 
  • When a tenant moves out without giving proper notice, they are liable for rent for the lesser of: 30 days from the day the next rent is due, or 30 days from the day you learn the tenant has moved out. You are obliged to try and find another renter for the unit at a reasonable price. If the unit in rented before the end of the 30 days, the former tenant must pay only until the new tenant begins paying rent.
  • When you want to end a month-to-month agreement, you must have just cause. There are different notice periods depending on the specific just cause. Notices must comply with City requirements.

See types of notices and required notice language in Issuing notices

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