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A lease termination letter informs a tenant or owner that the lease will soon expire and it clarifies the obligations of each party throughout the transfer. When a lease agreement expires, the landlord and lessee can either continue or terminate the lease, depending on the lease provisions. However, no matter the circumstance, it is always advisable to send a written notice to continue or terminate the lease agreement. The most reasonable way to prove something in court is to record everything in writing, so you always have evidence in case any legal action is required.

What is a Lease Termination Letter?

In simpler terms, this lease termination letter acts as a notice to vacate the property. State laws typically demand that landlords provide tenants adequate notice with sufficient time when they decide to end a lease rather than maintain the tenant. The length of this period varies depending on the state and the tenancy agreement, usually between 30 and 60 days.

The tenant may be subject to harsh repercussions if they continue to occupy the property after the lease's expiration date. The paperwork must also include several crucial pieces of data about the tenant's contract. These specifics cover the notice period and what will happen to the security deposit. A copy of the assessment performed when they moved in is something else that would be beneficial to include with these letters.

In addition, you must deliver the letter with at least 30 days' notice for a month-to-month lease. The owner should offer a 30, 60, or 90-day notice for a fixed-term lease. These are merely broad ranges, although they may differ based on regional legislation.

In rare circumstances, the landlord might not be able to end the lease. It is particularly true if the landlord tries to terminate the contract early. Landlords that attempt to do so will probably need to speak with a lawyer and present a letter of early lease termination.

How to Write a Lease Termination Letter?

Below are some elements you must include in a lease termination letter.

  • Introduction

    An introduction should be near the beginning of this letter, as it is with every Letter landlords write. This introduction provides the tenant with all the required contact information in case the renter has any questions.

  • Objective

    The letter's overall aim should remain covered in the next paragraph. The goal of this letter would be to inform the renter that their lease is being terminated. The letter should also mention the leasing agreement's start date and official termination date.

    In addition, it's crucial to specify how long the tenant truly has to leave the property. You can put a specific date or a specific amount of days. A copy of the original lease agreement is also included for their consideration. They can review it in this manner and address any queries or worries.

  • Examinations

    The next part of the letter should explain what will happen with the inspections. Landlords typically conduct two primary inspections —one at move-in and one at move-out. The lessee is informed in this section that they must set aside time for the move-out examination.

    Typically, landlords will choose the dates or let the tenant make the selection. If the owner wants to save time, the move-out inspection date may coincide with the move-out date. A comment regarding the inspections may also be a good idea. It might motivate the tenant to keep the rental unit in good shape for the move-out inspection.

  • Alternate Address

    The letter should ask the tenant for any forwarding addresses as one of its closing clauses. The landlord has to know this information in case there are any interactions after the tenant vacates. However, the refund of the security deposit is the main reason the landlord needs to know this information.

    Although security deposit policies are generally governed by state and local legislation, individual rental agreements may have varied requirements. Finally, it's helpful to include a brief statement about the renter and how they can get in touch with you if they have any queries or issues.

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Various Types of Lease Termination Letters

Below are some prominent types of termination letters.

  • Letter of Termination of Tenancy

    If a lease contains a termination clause, tenants may choose to vacate the property early under certain conditions by utilizing a letter of tenancy termination. Even without a lease termination clause, tenants may be able to break their lease in certain circumstances (like a military deployment).

  • Letter of the Termination Lease Agreement

    A landlord or property manager might use a termination of lease letter to advise a tenant that their lease will end on a specific date or is about to end. It might happen if the renter breaks the lease terms or the landlord sells the property.

What Will Happen If a Tenant Disregards a Letter Terminating Their Lease?

Tenants may disregard their termination letter if they don't want to finish their lease. After that, you might be forced to proceed with an eviction. However, you must first confirm that your lease termination letter was indeed delivered. While you can send a lease termination letter, it may be wiser to deliver it yourself or have a constable or officer serve it because it is the landlord's responsibility to ensure that the tenant receives a notice.

Nevertheless, speaking with your tenant first might be a better option. Perhaps your tenant needs or wants extra time to leave. If you can reach a compromise, it can save you both the trouble of evading the eviction procedure. Foreclosures become a matter of public record, which could act as a black mark for a tenant and make it more difficult for them to rent a house in the future. Additionally, the procedure can be expensive and time-consuming for a landlord.

Why Is a Lease Termination Letter Recommended?

Even if a landlord and reliable tenant get along well, letters terminating the contract are usually required. They ensure that expectations and the day the lease expires are aligned for both the landlord and the tenants. If you are not reinstating the lease because you want to sell the place, the tenant frequently pays rent after the due date, or the property is uninhabitable due to weather, you may use a lease termination notice.

Moreover, if the tenant refuses to pay a rent increment, you may also use a letter terminating the lease. Some tenants will break the lease terms, forcing you to end the agreement early. Owners in this circumstance require a formal Notice to Quit letter summarizing their violation and choice to terminate the lease. Moreover, you will require a different letter if you evict your tenant before the end of the lease duration.

If there are any problems or misconceptions, a lease termination letter records the lease's expiration. When something is in writing, the renter cannot argue that they didn't understand the conditions or deadlines.

Key Terms

  • Arrears: Arrear is a financial phrase that indicates you are lacking in your payments, which can refer to a lease or any other statement. So if you think you will get delayed in your rent payment, it is essential to inform your property supervisor as early as feasible and discuss your occurrences so you can make arrangements with your rent payment.
  • Co-Tenant: Co-tenants are two people who sign one rental agreement, consenting that both will live in the unit and share accountability for renting the residential property. Both co-tenants are equally accountable for the premise, including following all lease contract provisions.
  • Eviction: An eviction is a statutory procedure in which a property supervisor formally terminates a lease prematurely and asks a lessee to leave the premises. Eviction generally results from violating the prerequisites of the lease, such as forgetting to settle rent or unlawfully subleasing the rental premises.


A lease termination letter clears up any ambiguities between you and your tenant and safeguards you against claims that you failed to inform them that you wouldn't renew their lease. So if you need any help drafting your lease termination letter, do not hesitate to call our expert attorneys at ContractsCounsel.

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