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TELLING YOUR LANDLORD THAT YOU ARE MOVING OUT

Telling your landlord that you are moving out doesn't have to be difficult as long as you follow the protocol and wait until the lease is up. If you need to move out and break the lease, then having this conversation can be a little scarier and harder to do. Either way, prep yourself with what you are going to say and find the right time to break the news to your landlord.

One of the biggest concerns you may have when telling your landlord that you are moving out is that he may get mad. If you are under a lease agreement and the lease is up, then there is no reason why he should be mad. You have every right to either move out or renew the lease at this time and it is just as likely that you will choose the former rather than the latter. Landlords know this and thus should be prepared for the chance that you will say you are heading off in a new direction.

Let your landlord know why you are moving out, even if you don't have to. You may be going through a hard time and be unable to keep up with the rent; you may be moving in with a partner and thus are looking for a bigger place where you'll need to rent an auger; you may have changed jobs and thus need somewhere a little closer to your new office. Letting your landlord know why you are moving can help you end on good terms and secure a good reference.

Breaking a Lease Agreement

If you do need to break the lease to move out then you will need to have a pretty valid reason. Losing your job, losing a loved one or getting into a serious accident are all understandable excuses why you might need to break the lease; however, even so, your landlord still may insist that you pay some, if not all, of the rent that owed until the actual lease is up. If you do not have a valid excuse and simply don't want to live there anymore, then you may have some trouble breaking the lease. You can also expect a poor recommendation from your landlord if you do decide to rent again down the road.

Give your landlord as much notice as possible about your impending moving out day if you are breaking the lease. You may also ask if he needs assistance finding a suitable tenant to take your place. Genuinely offer your assistance and your condolences to soften the blow and hopefully ensure that you are able to break the lease without continuing to pay the rent.

If you are not in a lease agreement then you can technically move out anytime you want, as long as you give them adequate notice. You should give them at least a month so that your landlord can try to find someone else to take your place. What this means is that he may need to show your apartment to other suitable candidates while you are still living there. This can be annoying, yes, but it is all part of the fun of renting and moving out.

Telling your landlord that you are moving out can be done in a number of different ways. Choose a time when you are both comfortable and relaxed and be as honest and upfront as possible. If you are not breaking a lease then you can expect the process to go quite smoothly for both parties involved.

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