What do you do when you, as a landlord, must inform your tenant that the duration of his tenancy as stipulated in the rental agreement you both signed, must be pre-terminated for reasons beyond your control? Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to do it. You must inform him about this and give him ample time to vacate the premises. In this instance, it’s not enough that you verbally inform your tenant about the contract termination. To make the arrangement more formal, it is best that you present your tenant with a 30-day notice.
30-day notices are standard forms which landlords present to tenants when the lease is up for termination. The grace period starts not on the date the notice was written, but on the day the document is received by the tenant.
The law does not require private landlords to state the reasons why the lease contract is being terminated, but it would still be a good idea to discuss it with your tenant (especially true if your tenant has not given you any sort of problem).
30-day notices may be composed by professionals (lawyers / real estate agents) but you can make one yourself. If you don’t want to spend unnecessarily on professional fees, yet would want to present a professional looking 30-day notice, you can simply search the internet for real estate websites offering downloadable real estate forms. These real estate forms can be purchased and downloaded per piece or as a set and, if you’re not satisfied with the layout or the contents, you can easily modify these to conform to your standards.
It makes sense to copies of keep a hard copy of an unedited 30-day notice on file. In case you have another tenant and, due to circumstances beyond your control need to pre-terminate another lease contract, you can simply use the hard copy as a basis for future 30-day notices which you may have to make.
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