(Closed) Giving notice to a landlord

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
13249 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You must put it in writing.

Post # 6
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
7271 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@abbie017:  +1

Call me paranoid but we always leave a huge paper trail for stuff like this.

Post # 8
9114 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
4431 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would also get it notorized, just incase they say they never recieved a letter.

Post # 10
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@tmsing:  You need to put it in writing and take pics before and during your walkthrough.

Post # 11
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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 # 13
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@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
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@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)

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