As a tenant of a rental home, your contract may be ending soon. The usual protocol is to give a 30-days notice of whether you will be moving out or renewing your contract. Landlords like this time frame because it gives them time to market their rental home if you’re leaving or reassures them they don’t have to look for a new tenant. KeyRenter is a Utah property management company that handles notices for tenants and landlords of rental homes in Utah.
A 30-days notice could be verbal, but this isn’t the best way to give the notice. It should be writing so there is a hard copy of proof what the agreement was and the date it was signed. This way both parties can’t misunderstand what and when the 30-days notice was given.
It doesn’t need to be the first day of the month to give a 30-days notice. It is helpful though so you don’t have to pay extra pro-rated rent. So you could give a notice in the middle of the month, but since it’s for 30 days, you’ll have to pay for the extra days, even if you’re not living there anymore.
If you decide to move out and that’s what you tell the landlord or Utah property management like KeyRenter, then they will be advertising their rental home to find new tenants when you move out. You may have people knocking on your door to take a look at the home. You don’t have to let them in unless the landlord is with them, and even then the landlord should give you an advanced notice if someone is coming to look.
When giving your 30-days notice, if you are moving out, discuss the terms of what needs to be done when you move out. This includes how much the last rent check should be, how you’ll get your security deposit back. Discuss what day you’ll be out and by what time and also any cleaning you will do.
If you say you’ll be staying in your 30-days notice, discuss this with your landlord. Talk about renewing the contract which means printing it out and signing it again. This is also a time when you can negotiate any terms of your contract.