Tenant move-out letter plus 2 other free templates

Written on August 7, 2018 by , updated on February 20, 2019

Your goal as a landlord is not only to have tenants but to keep tenants (the good ones anyway) as long as possible. But no matter how wonderful you are as a landlord, and how great your rental may be, there usually comes a time when your tenant needs to move.

When your tenant plans to move, you should make the move-out process as smooth as possible. This benefits you and your tenant—when your tenant knows what to expect, they’re more likely to meet your expectations. Here are some templates you can use when your tenants’ leases are about to end.

The lease renewal letter

If you want your tenant to sign a new lease, contact them about two months before the current lease is due to end. The purpose of the lease renewal letter is to find out what their intentions are and to explain what they need to do if they wish to continue to live in your rental.

Tip: This is the time to raise the rent if you intend to.

Related: How to raise the rent in 4 easy steps [free template]

Related: Should I increase rental rates every year?

Note: If you do nothing after the lease ends, and your tenant stays, your tenant becomes a month-to-month tenant.

Lease renewal letter template

Note: You don’t have to increase the rent. If you don’t want to, change that section to reflect the rent will remain the same.

2. The move-out letter

If your tenant decides not to renew and wishes to move, send them a move-out letter about a month before the lease ends. The purpose is to give instructions on what you expect of your tenant.

Move-out letter template

Note: This letter contains language about lease requirements. Make sure yours does as well before you include that.

3. Notice to pay rent or quit

If your current tenant missed a rent payment (or two), you probably shouldn’t invite them to renew the lease. In fact, you should send them a letter asking them to pay the rent ASAP or leave.

Notice to pay rent or quit template

Once you rent your property, you will hopefully have wonderful tenants who stay a long time. But since that isn’t always the case, you can still make things easier for everyone involved if you are proactive with your tenants by letting them know what the expectations are during move-out time.

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6 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • MaryLuv

    Starting in March I paid the rent twice a month instead of once a month. My rent is $1595..I paid $1200 on the 15th and $395 on the 30th. My landlord said that I was behind in payment because of this. Could someone explain this to me..I’m I behind in one months rent? There was never a month when I did not pay!! I am confused.

    • Laura Agadoni

      Hi MaryLuv,
      Did you get approval to pay on the 15th and 30th? If you didn’t get approval to wait until the 30th to get your entire rent paid, then maybe that’s what your landlord means by telling you that you’re behind. You need to get this clarified with your landlord.

  • Sammy bristol

    I’ve been given a N12 to vacate by Oct 31 2019. Unfortunately my ran out Sept 14, I cannot find work. I have applied for government assistance .

    Do I write a letter to landlord explaining that I am not able move on the date requested due to no income I am unable to find a place to live?? Or do I wait until they apply to the board ( landlord and tenant act)..

    Please advised what are my options
    Thank you

  • MissLandlord

    I have a month to month lease with my tenants. I need them to move out due to a family emergency and need my home for family. Is there a proper way to ask them to leave?

  • Kenya R Wimberly

    Iam having a problem with the upstairs neighbor stomping jumping fighting I reported several times i can’t take it anymore can I break my lease

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