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Why You Need Notices to Enforce Your Renter's Rights

Tenant notices are governed by the renter rights defined in the landlord and tenant act of each state, which varies by state, as well as contract law and common law principles. For example, the landlord tenant law in a failure to repair situation requires that the tenant give notice to the landlord of the problem before the landlord can be liable for failure to make repairs. Tenant to landlord notices are required under landlord and tenant law to be able to legally break a lease by moving out early due to the landlord's failure to uphold duties under the lease, such as uninhabitable living conditions. The lease terms will often specify that written notice of intent not to renew a lease or notice of intent to move out must be given a certain number of days in advance. In the case of a month-to-month tenant with no written lease agreement, the residential landlord and tenant act will govern the type of notice to landlord that is required.

However, if the tenant fails to give the required notice, the tenant can be held liable for remaining rent due and other charges. The written notice to the landlord by the tenant is the only way to show that the tenant's duty of notice was upheld, and it can serve as evidence in a defense against eviction.

Types of Tenant to Landlord Notices

Some of the most popular tenant notice to landlord forms USLegalforms offers, among others, include the following:

Termination letter - this can be used to give a 30-day notice, or other number of days notice, of a tenant's intent to move out and terminate the lease. A 30 day notice to terminate a lease and vacate the premises is often required under the the terms of the rental agreement or lease. When there is no written lease, the landlord and tenant law in the state will apply. In some cases, state tenant rights allow for shorter notice to break the lease in exceptional situations. Tenant notice sample form titles include Notice of Intent Not to Renew, 30 Day Notice of Termination, Notice of Intent to Vacate, and more.

Repair notice - this is used to notify the landlord of a complaint about a maintenance problem, such as leaky plumbing, inadequate or broken heating, rickety stairs that need repair, etc. A landlord has a duty to maintain the rental unit in a safe manner that complies with local building codes. In order to claim a landlord is liable for failing to repair a problem, or move out due to uninhabitable living conditions, the tenant must first give written notice to the landlord and allow a reasonable time for the repairs to be made.

Request letter - this may be used in a variety of circumstances, such as when the tenant wants the landlord to consent to an assignment of lease or a sublease. This may also be used to ask for a change in the lease terms, such as allowing late acceptance of overdue rent payments or past due rent, or to negotiate a way to terminate the lease early.

Security Deposit letter - this can be used to demand the landlord return the balance of the security deposit you put on the rental property. The residential tenant has renter's rights under state landlord tenant law to an accounting of any deductions from a security deposit and return of any balance remaining.

How many days notice does a tenant need to give?

The answer will depend on whether there is a termination clause in a written lease, or if you are a month-to-month tenant and there is no written rental agreement, the answer will depend on state landlord tenant law and the reason you want to move out. The termination letters and tenant notice to landlord forms offered by USLegalforms are state-specific and comply with the landlord and tenant laws of each state. Whether you need a 30-day notice, 14-day notice, or other, there are many tenant to landlord notice forms, which may be further customized in Word to suit your needs if you desire.

What form can I use to break the lease?

There are various titles available to terminate the lease, depending on the reason you want to end the lease early and applicable state landlord tenant law. Examples of available tenant notice form titles available include Notice of Intent to Vacate, 30 Day Notice of Termination, Notice of Intent Not to Renew, and more. USLegalforms also offers early termination agreement forms you negotiate with the landlord and get landlord consent to to sublease or assign the lease to a new tenant. Tenant complaint forms are also offered.

Can I move out if my heat doesn't work?

The renter rights under the residential landlord and tenant act of every state require the landlord to supply a rental unit that is habitable and not a health or safety threat. Basic necessities such as heat, running water, adequate plumbing that's not broken and doesn't leak, and electricity are part of the landlord's duty to make available to the rental property. In order to justify a decision to vacate the premises, the tenant must give the landlord written notice of the problem first and allow a reasonable time for the landlord to make the repair. All the circumstances involved will be taken into account to determine what a reasonable time after tenant's notice is. Therefore, a landlord may need to fix the heat quicker if you live in the snow belt and it's the middle of winter, than a renter in a milder climate.

How do I get my security deposit back after I move?

A letter can be be sent to the landlord demanding return the balance of the security deposit and/or an accounting or any deductions from the security deposit for past due rent or other charges. The residential tenant has renter's rights under state landlord tenant law to an accounting of any deductions from a security deposit and return of any balance remaining. This demand for return of security deposit letter can later be used as evidence if ever needed in housing court.

How do I find out what renter's rights are in my area?

The state residential landlord tenant act and and any local ordinances will govern a tenant's rights in a residential rental property unit. You may contact the local tenant's association or housing department to inquire about renter rights in your area. The tenant notice forms offered by USLegalforms comply with the landlord-tenant law in your state.

Can I sublease my apartment to another person so I can move?

The answer will depend on the terms of the lease or rental agreement. If the lease terms don't allow you to sublet the apartment, then you might be able to negotiate with the landlord to get the landlord's consent to a sublease.

What can happen if I don't give the landlord notice as required?

If the tenant notice is insufficient under the law, the tenant can be held liable to pay remaining rent on the lease. For example, if you're a month-to-month tenant and move out early without the proper 30 day notice, you can be charged for another full month's rent