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Clients often contact us with questions regarding how to end their tenancy successfully and on amicable terms. Usually, first-time tenants are confused as to what the legal requirements are for vacating the premises and getting their security deposit back. I wanted to provide a simple fill-in-the-blank template to assist renters with fulfilling the notice requirement as to avoid an unintentional, automatic lease renewal.
Our tenant’s notice of intent to vacate premises is a letter used by a tenant to provide the landlord with written notification that the tenant plans to vacate the premises at a certain date, usually at the end of the lease term. Most state law and lease agreements require the tenant to provide this notice in order to effectively end the tenancy. Below is a template that you can fill out to effectively notify your landlord of your intention to vacate the property at the end of your lease term.
Our notice to vacate letter template allows you to specify a forwarding address for the landlord to return the security deposit to. You can also specify whether the tenant wants to be present during the landlord’s move-out inspection to determine if there is any damage to the premises.
Date: ___________________ Insert Your Name Here _________________________ _________________________ _________________________, Texas RE: Tenant's Notice of Intent to Vacate Premises at________, ______, Texas Dear ________________: Pursuant to our lease agreement dated______________, which is due to expire on _____________, I hereby give you notice that I intend to vacate the above-named premises as of the expiration of the lease. My forwarding address for you to send my security deposit and any other notices to is: Insert Your Name & Address Here: ___________________________ ___________________________, Texas Your attention to this matter will be much appreciated. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at ___________ or by email at____________________________. Sincerely, Signed: _____________________ Dated: ______________________
Helpful Tips for Completing Your Letter:
This letter is used to put a Landlord on notice that the Tenant intends to vacate the premises on a specific date, usually at the end of the lease term. It is best to send it via certified mail, return receipt requested so that the Tenant can prove that the letter was actually sent. An alternative method would be to send it via email, which can also be used to show that the letter was sent.
It is imperative for the Tenant to read the original lease agreement to determine whether the Landlord requires a specific number of days’ notice as well as any other requirements for the Tenant to complete when ending the Tenancy. For instance, look to see what the Tenant must do to get the security deposit back. There are also often requirements concerning cleaning and repair of any damage to the unit. Finally, do not forget to drop off the keys!
After entering the relevant information for the Tenant and Landlord, be sure to include a forwarding address. Texas requires the Tenant to provide this information so that the Landlord knows where to send any portion of the security deposit owed to the Tenant. Finally, be sure to sign and date the letter before sending it. It is also prudent to retain a copy of the original letter.
I hope you find this template useful. As always, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Kazi Law Firm, your friendly Frisco property law experts.
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