Why You Need Notices to Enforce Your Renter's Rights
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
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
How do I get my security deposit back after I
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
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
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
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