Landlord Rights for a 30-Day Notice

By Lainie Petersen
Landlords, 30-day notices, their rights
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Under some circumstances, landlords have the right to terminate tenancies or refuse to renew a lease if they give a tenant a 30-day notice. At the same time, landlords also have a right to a 30-day notice of a tenant's decision to move from their rental home.


A landlord can use written notices to terminate a tenancy or let a tenant know that she does not plan to renew her lease. Landlords may also have the right to a 30-day notice if a tenant plans to move.

Periodic Tenancies

In many states, both landlord and tenant are required to give each other a 30-day notice if one decides not to renew a month-to-month rental agreement.

Military Tenants

Under federal law, a military member (or her dependents) can terminate a lease without penalty if she is going to be deployed for more than 90 days. The military tenant must give the landlord a 30-day notice of her deployment.

Lease Terms

While leases do not automatically renew at the end of their term, a clause in the lease may require either landlord or tenant to notify the other 30 days in advance if they do not plan to renew the lease. This type of clause is usually legally enforceable.


Some states have very specific requirements for the format of notices and how they can be delivered to either landlord or tenant. Always check with your state to ensure that you have the correct forms and understand the right way to serve them to your tenant or landlord.

About the Author

Lainie Petersen writes about business, real estate and personal finance, drawing on 25 years experience in publishing and education. Petersen's work appears in Money Crashers, Selling to the Masses, and in Walmart News Now, a blog for Walmart suppliers. She holds a master's degree in library science from Dominican University.