How to Break a Month to Month Rental Agreement

Write a letter to notify your landlord that you are vacating rented property.
Write a letter to notify your landlord that you are vacating rented property. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

A month-to-month lease is just what it says: an agreement to rent a piece of property for one month at a time. You are not typically required to stay for a specified amount of time afterward; however, you must generally notify the landlord 30 days in advance that you plan to vacate the premises. If you decide to break your lease and move out during the month, you likely will not receive a refund of any portion of the rent you paid for that month.

Decide in advance when you plan to leave the property. Generally, you should notify your landlord at least 30 days before you move out. This allows the landlord time to make other arrangements to rent the property without losing income from it.

Understand the purpose of the notification. Month-to-month leases generally are renewed automatically without the tenant needing to sign anything. This means that the landlord expects that you will continue to rent the property unless you give notice.

Write a letter of notice to the landlord. Start with the date of the letter. Address it “Dear” followed by the landlord's name.

State that you plan to move out of the rented property. Give a date by which you will be completely moved out. If you are vacating the premises during the middle of the month, say so. However, the landlord most likely will keep the entire rent paid for the month.

Sign the letter. Deliver it by hand or send it by certified mail to ensure that the landlord receives it.

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