Post # 1
We never see our actual landlord, maybe once since we moved in. Since her kids live next door we just give them the rent. We told them that we have found a new place and do not plan on renewing the lease and they said they told their mom and to not worry about writing up a letter or anything. Should I still write up a letter of notice just to be safe? I don’t have the landlord’s address but I could probably get it. Or would a text message to her suffice? Or am I just over-analyzing everything?
I just want to make sure that we get our safety deposit back. Last time I moved there was an issue with our apartment complex because we did not give 30 days written notice, even though when we returned our keys everything was fine…the girl was new so she forgot to tell us and we had told other people in that office over a month ahead of time that we were moving. We ended up having to pay a month’s extra rent and the rent had been raised after our lease was up :/
Post # 3
I would put it in writing just to be safe. Our landlord makes us sign something every May (our lease runs September-September) indicating whether or not we’d like to renew, so you should just write up something simple like that.
Post # 4
Yes, of course you should write a letter. You need to have everything documented in case anything happens. Not doing so would be foolish.
Post # 5
You must put it in writing.
Post # 6
Put it in writing. I sent a letter with my May rent saying it would be my last check and I would be out by June 1st.
Post # 7
Call me paranoid but we always leave a huge paper trail for stuff like this.
Post # 8
Put it in writing and then take pictures after you move everything out.
You can never be too safe.
ETA: Be sure to correctly timestamp your photos or use a newspaper from that day that you move everything out.
Post # 9
I would also get it notorized, just incase they say they never recieved a letter.
Post # 10
@tmsing: You need to put it in writing and take pics before and during your walkthrough.
Post # 11
@tmsing: i would put it in writing for sure.
what does your lease say? how many days do you need to give? you may want to check that out to be sure too.
Post # 12
@Hyperventilate: Thanks. I’ll definitely do the picture thing, though my phone isn’t the best for it…I hope it suffices.
@mypinkshoes: I would need to go back and check but we are giving almost 2 months notice.
Post # 13
Put it in writing, sign it, keep a copy for yourself and make sure your actualy landlord gets it – don’t just hand it to her kids and expect they’ll drop it off.
Especially since you’ve been burned by not giving notice before (well, technically – sounds like it wsn’t in writing) better safe than sorry!
Post # 14
Giving written notice can’t hurt if you’re worried about it. The landlords mailing address should be listed on your lease.
I’ve actually never written notice to a landlord, they always send a lease renewal like 4 months before the lease is up and if you don’t return it by a certain date you aren’t renewed. Maybe that’s just how they do it around here.
Post # 15
@tmsing: If your lease specifies written notice, then give written notice. Your lease should have your LL’s address but if not, surely the kids can give it to you.
Post # 16
@tmsing: You might want to borrow a better camera for those photos… if something happens after you move out, you need to prove that it was in good shape upon your departure.
We actually took pictures before we moved in (with a newspaper, which we kept with our apartment documents) and will take them after we move out, just in case the landlord has any issues with the apartment (i.e. if he wants to complain about the crappy sealing job in the shower… that’s all on him, it was peeling off when we moved in, yuck)