Post # 1
The main question here is if your landlord requires you to give 60 day notice if you are moving out, do you give this notice once you have secured a new place or when you are just starting to apply to places?
Heres the more specifics: I didn’t even think about the logistics of this until recently, I’ve googled around and got various answers. When our lease was up we just went month to month, and they didn’t even question as to why. We were planning to possibly build a house this year, but that fell through and will be delayed at least a year unfortunately. This current place is too small, and we’re about to have a baby late october. We’re trying to decide whether or not to buy a house right now or rent a better place. Another delay was my husband getting his raise so we could afford all this, but the time is now to start moving! We’ve begun to look.
Some advice came up when I googled to let your landlord know you’re simply looking for another place and applying as this is what is courteous, implying that it would be rude to just blindside them. Other places say you wait until you have found another place. But if you wait until you find another place and have been approved, wouldn’t that new place have called your current landlord anyway as a reference?? Thus blindsiding them? I want to do the right thing. I’m nervous to give the 60 day notice before finding another house (even if we indeed will be out by then) as our current house is not ready to be shown right at this moment and I have no idea the protocol that happens once you give notice. But I’m also nervous for the landlord getting a phone call from from some potential place we’ve applied to and that being the first they hear that we’re moving.
Another thing, and I don’t know if this matters, we don’t deal with the landlord directly. We deal with a property management group that oversees the rental.
What is the proper thing to do here?
Post # 2
Work with the property management group rather than the landlord – sounds like they are representatives of the landlord. I would try to secure a new place first. It’s different than a job where you don’t want the new job calling your boss. Fortunately I’ve only ever had to give 30 days notice so it was a lot easier to set that up. But I have ended up having to pay double rent for a couple weeks.
Post # 3
Depends on how my search for a new place is going. Usually I do have a new place lined up 60 days in advance but I feel like the last time I moved I didn’t.
I don’t involve my landlord in anything beyond handing them the 60 days notice. Giving 60 days notice isn’t blindsiding them. It’s giving them two whole months to find a new tenant.
Post # 4
Are you still required to give 60 days once your lease was up and you’re month to month?
Post # 5
do you think there’s a reasonable chance of finding a place to live by Sept 30? If that’s the case, I’d give notice August 1st that you are moving out. I believe once you give notice they can arrange to show your place (giving you notice). You’re not going to want to move with a newborn, since you’re due in October I don’t think you have the option to wait until Sept 1st to say you are moving out.
Post # 6
I think this depends on a variety of factors. I’m a landlord and I appreciate when tenants give me a heads up that they are thinking of moving. I don’t mean giving me their offical notice but just letting me know so I can get my ducks in a row (like if the rental needs some maintenance that is hard to do with people living in it or if the rental market is tough and I need to put the feelers out for new tennants).
I also think it depends on the relationship. If it is tenants I have been wanting out then I am going to be strict on the notice but if they are good tenants then if takes over the notice period for them to find a new place then I will let it slide as long as they are paying rent.
As pp said I would also check if you need to give 90 days if you are on month to month. Because here month to month means exactly that and you only need to give a months notice.
Post # 7
I’m glad to hear other people have had to do that too, as we had already discussed that there could be a possibility for an ovevrlap for us in rent in 2 places and were ok with that but I wondered if that was normal or not honestly. Did your landlord contact you after they heard from the other place you were renting from and inquired about it?
So was the first your landlord heard of you looking for a new place was getting a phone call from your new place you applied to? We had started to look for other places to see whats out there a month ago, but were waiting to apply until after he got his raise. Luckily there is lots out there for possibilities I just didn’t know whether or not we needed to notify them other places could be contacting them before applying.
Thats a good point I hadn’t thought of! I just went and looked at the lease agreement but didn’t see any distinction mentioned unfortunately.
Yes I feel like there are lots of options out there in our search, but haven’t pursued any yet, so I guess I can’t know for sure but I hope it’d go smoothly in finding a place. I’d like to be out and moved by mid Sept so it doesn’t feel like it’s cutting it super close. Will they want to show the house fairly immediately after we give our notice?
Post # 8
I appreciate your landlord perspective, thank you!! And it makes sense that the month to month would be different… but I don’t see anything about that in the lease agreement so I’m not really sure. A few of the houses we’ve looked at are under the same property management group so it seems that that would be a good medium to jump off of… letting them know we need a bigger place and are interested at properties they manage? Should I be prepared to have my house ready immediately upon giving 60 day notice for them to show to other prospective tenants?
Post # 9
A lot of your questions can be answered by your lease and your local landlord/tenant laws. For example, access to your house for the landlord to show prospective tenants is usually spelled out in your local laws (where I live, the landlord can enter any time with 24 hours notice) and all leases automatically be one month-to-month when the first year is complete, even if nobody signs any new documents.
Post # 10
All of the lease terms apply after you go MTM. So you are still required to give 60 days’ notice.
Post # 11
So, it depends on whether or not the legal ramifications of breaking the lease or not giving notice outweigh being secure in your new place first. I’m not above breaking a lease in order to make sure that I’ve secured my new home before giving notice that I’m leaving the old one…and I’ve happily paid whatever fees are a consequence of that. I just cannot risk that ‘heads up’ turning into me being homeless because the new place didn’t work out for whatever reason.
Post # 12
So I looked it up and there is no law in my state requiring the landlord to give notice to entering the property, but our lease says 24 hours. That just all makes me nervous that I have to be ready for strangers to enter my living space the minute I give my 60 days…
I’m not going to lie I’m panicking a tiny bit here because I’m usually a planner and I guess I kept thinking we had 3 more months etc and then I sat down the other day and realized well wait, I won’t necessarily go an entire 40 weeks… I have a fair chance of giving birth 3 weeks before my due date… and the discrepancy of when my last period was and my daughter’s measurements could mean even earlier… possibly leaving me with only 2 months until baby. I’m worried we’ve waited too late for a move to go stress free and I’m a little disappointed in myself! Feeling lots of anxiety tonight.
Post # 13
Because you work with a property management group, I’d reach out to them and explain that you guys are excepting a baby and interesting in finding a larger house – then ask if they have anything in inventory that is ready in the next 1-2 months because you need to be able to give appropriate notice. They should be able to review their inventory and see what it slated to become available.
On a different note, I was in a similar position (needing to move while pregnant) and I’d actually lean more towards the side of sticking in out in your current spot if you know you want to buy a house. I know you mentioned wanting a bigger space but realistically babies don’t need much the first several months. We sold our house when I was 12 weeks pregnant, put all our stuff into storage, and moved into a furnished vacation rental to start building on our lot. Long story short we didn’t build, and moved a total of 3 times while I was pregnant, then bought our current house and moved when our son was 7 months old. Moving with a baby SUCKS, and I’d personally want to do it as few times as possible.