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Month-to-Month (30-Day) Lease Termination Letter | All States

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The lease termination letters are specific to every State and allow a landlord or tenant to void a Month to Month Rental Agreement (also known as a ‘tenancy at will’). The amount of time ranges from fifteen (15) to sixty (60) days depending on the situation and the laws in the State. The amount of time is usually stated in the lease agreement, if not, the party seeking to terminate should view their State Statutes. If there is another reason for the lessor to cancel the rental contract, such as for default, then they should use Eviction Forms.

A lease termination letter can also be referred to as the following:

  • Early Lease Termination Letter
  • Letter to Terminate Lease

By State

How to Use a Lease Termination Letter

A lease termination letter is used when either a tenant or landlord wants to end a monthly tenancy. As the title suggests, the letter should be given to the opposing party 30 days prior to the next rent cycle in order to properly terminate the agreement. It is possible that a month to month lease could have a end date specified in the agreement and if so, a lease termination letter would not be necessary.

The following information is needed in order to successfully complete your Lease Termination form.

  • Name and Address of the Tenant and Landlord
  • A Forwarding Address – This address is used for the landlord to send future notices and/or the security deposit.
  • Certificate of Service – Details the Lease Termination Letter delivery method.

Failure to Send a Lease Termination Letter

In your original Month-to Month Lease Agreement, it states that the landlord or tenant must give at least 30 days notice of lease non-renewal to terminate tenancy. If the tenant fails to supply a lease termination letter prior to vacating the property, they will be responsible for that month’s full rent and shall give up their full security deposit amount.

Minimum Termination Periods by State

*CO – Lease must be terminated in relation to the duration of the lease as follows:

  • One (1) year or longer, three (3) months;
  • Six (6) months or longer but less than a year, one (1) month;
  • One (1) month or longer but less than six (6) months, ten (10) days;
  • One (1) week or longer but less than one (1) month, or a tenancy at will, three (3) days;
  • Less than one (1) week, one (1) day.

**GA – Sixty (60) days’ notice for the landlord and thirty (30) days for the tenant.

***HI – Landlord must provide at lease forty-five days and the tenant is allowed twenty-eight (28) days’ notice.

****MA– Thirty (30) days or the interval between payment periods, whichever is longer.

*****OR – Thirty (30) days’ notice unless the tenant has been on the property for more than a year, then the landlord and tenant are required to give at least sixty (60) days’ notice.

******RI – Thirty (30) days’ notice required for all tenants sixty-two (62) years of age and younger, sixty (60) days if over sixty-two (62) years of age.

*******VT – If the tenant has been on the property for two (2) years of less sixty (60) days’ notice is required. For those that have been on the property longer than two (2) years ninety (90) days is required.

How to Write

All month to month rental agreements are able to be cancelled through sending this notice to the other party (either in person or through certified mail). Begin to fill-in the document by writing the following information:

Step 1 – Check the box that describes best your position:

  • First (1st) Box – For landlords only. Check the box and enter the date the lease agreement was signed and the termination date. Follow-up by giving the total amount of days notice the tenant will be receiving for their notice period.
  • Second (2nd) Box – For tenants only. Check the box and the lessee should enter the date their rental contract was authorized with the landlord along with the termination date and amount of notice (time period).

Step 2 – On the next line for the security deposit, enter the address where the landlord should send the funds after they move-out.

The issuer should sign the document on the bottom (making 2 originals).

Step 3 – The form must be sent to the other party through one (1) of the legal routes recognized by most States:

  • Deliver the document personally;
  • Deliver the document personally to an authorized individual on the premises;
  • Certified mail (return-receipt).

The period shall begin upon the receiving of notice. Therefore it is recommended to send the document earlier rather than later there are deadlines to be met.


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