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A lease termination letter (for month-to-month tenancies) is an official form used by tenants and landlords for ending a lease that doesn’t have a pre-determined end date. The standard time for terminating a notice is thirty (30) days, although many states require their own notice lengths, such as twenty-eight (28) days or one (1) month.

Notice to Comply or Quit (Violation of Lease) – A letter used for informing a tenant that breached one (1) or more conditions of the lease that they will be evicted unless the problem is fixed.


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Contents

What Is a Lease Termination Letter?

A lease termination letter is a one (1) page document used for formally terminating a lease agreement that exists in one (1) month periods. The document is less serious than other termination letters, such as the “notice to pay or quit”. This is because monthly leases can be terminated for any reason, meaning the landlord isn’t issuing it with the anticipation of beginning the eviction process. Having said, the correct process for issuing the letter should be followed in the event the landlord does need to formally evict the tenant.

How to Terminate a Lease

Follow the steps below to terminate a periodic, month-to-month lease agreement:

Step 1 – Identify the State’s Notice Requirement

Because the amount of notice a landlord or tenant is required to give is based upon their state’s laws, the table below should be referenced to ensure the laws are being followed correctly.

Step 2 – Download + Complete the Letter

Save the letter in PDF, Word, or ODT. Word and ODT (OpenDocument) are the recommended formats if the landlord or tenant intends to make edits to the document.

Step 3 – Deliver the Letter

While states mandate the way a termination letter can be delivered to the other party, sending the letter via certified mail is the recommended method for informing the landlord or tenant of their intent to end the contract. With certified mail, the letter is sent by USPS, who provides an electronic verification that the other party received the completed form (or that an attempt was made at delivery). Having said, the landlord or tenant can often get away with sending the mail normally and/or handing it to the other party in person.

Step 4 – Prepare to Move-out / Wait

If the tenant issued the notice to the landlord, they should be focused on finding a new place to live and organizing/preparing their belongings for the move. If the landlord issued the notice, they must wait until the tenant moves out, or until the notice period has been reached.

If the tenant remains in the rental after the last day passes, the landlord should begin the eviction process by filing the papers with the local courthouse. After this point, the eviction is like any other; for more information on the eviction process, view “How to Evict a Tenant”.

Required Termination Periods

The following table provides the notice requirements landlords and tenants are required to provide the other party in order to terminate a month-to-month lease.

Note: “LL” = Landlord, “TN” = Tenant

STATE NON-PAYMENT STATUTE 
Alabama 30 days § 35-9A-441
Alaska 30 days AS 34.03.290(b))
Arizona 30 days § 33-1368(2B)
Arkansas 30 days § 18-60-304(3)
California LL – 30 or 60 days
TN – 30 days
§ 1161(2)
Colorado 21 days § 13-40-104(d)
Connecticut 3 days § 47a-23(a)
Delaware 60 days §5502(a)
Florida 15 days § 83.56(3)
Georgia LL – 60 days
TN – 30 days
§ 44-7-50(a)
Hawaii LL – 45 days
TN – 28 days
§ 521-71
Idaho 1 month § 55-208
Illinois 30 days 735 ILCS 5/9-207
Indiana 1 month IC 32-31-1-1
Iowa 30 days § 562A.34
Kansas 30 days § 58-2570
Kentucky 30 days § 383.695
Louisiana 10 days CC 2728
Maine 30 days § 6002
Maryland 1 month § 8-402
Massachusetts 30 days Ch. 186 §12
Michigan 1 month § 534.134
Minnesota 3 months § 504B.135
Mississippi 30 days § 89-8-19
Missouri 1 month § 441.060
Montana 30 days § 70-24-441
Nebraska 30 days § 76-1437
Nevada 30 days § 40.251
New Hampshire 30 days § 540:2
New Jersey 1 month NJ 2A:18-56
New Mexico 30 days § 47-8-37
New York 1 month § 232-A & § 232-B
North Carolina 7 days § 42-14
North Dakota 30 days § 47-16-07
Ohio 30 days § 5321.17
Oklahoma 30 days § 41-111
Oregon 30 days ORS 91.070
Pennsylvania 30/15 days § 250.501
Rhode Island 30 days § 34-18-37
South Carolina 30 days § 27-40-770
South Dakota LL – 30 days
TN – 15 days
§ 43-32-13
Tennessee 30 days § 66-28-512
Texas 1 month § 91.001
Utah 15 days § 78B-6-802
Vermont LL – 30-90 days
TN – 60-90 days
§ 4467
Virginia 30 days § 55.1-1253
Washington 20 days § 59.18.200
West Virginia 30 days § 55-248.37
Wisconsin 28 days § 704.19
Wyoming N/A No statute

Sample

How to Write

Download the letter in Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), or OpenDocument (.odt). Once the form is open and ready to be completed, head to the first step below.

Step 1 – Landlord / Tenant Check

If the notice is being sent to a tenant, check the “Landlord” box, and vice versa.

Step 2 – Contact Information

Enter the following information regarding the recipient of the letter:

  • The date (mm/dd/yyyy) the notice will be sent to the other party (most likely the current date);
  • The full address of the rental unit (including unit/apt number, if any); and
  • The full name of the landlord or tenant that the notice is for.

Step 3 – Notice Info & Signature

After entering all information in Step 2, enter the date that the original lease agreement was signed. Then, enter the number (#) of days that the lease will officially terminate, followed by the date (mm/dd/yyyy) of termination.

If the notice is being sent from the tenant, they should include the new address they will be living at. This is so the landlord can deliver the security deposit to them after they move-out.

The person sending the notice will need to sign and print their name to make the notice official. The notice can now be sent and/or delivered to the landlord or tenant.

Step 4 – Certificate of Service

This section is for recording how the notice was delivered or sent to the tenant(s).

Enter the date (mm/dd/yyyy) the notice was delivered and/or sent to the landlord or tenant, followed by the full name of the intended recipient. More than one checkbox can be selected. If the notice is delivered personally to the landlord/tenant, have them sign their name in the provided space.