My Tenant’s Moving Out Before Lease Ends, What Should I Do?

Ask Landlord Hank - My Tenant’s Moving Out Before Lease Ends, What Should I Do?

If the tenant tells you they are moving out before lease ends, what should you do is the question for Ask Landlord Hank this week.

Dear Landlord Hank,

My tenant signed a six-month lease and is planning on moving out after five months has told/emailed me of his intent, but sent no 30-day notice to me or acknowledged my email back to him.

What should I do from here? I did send a certified letter stating their responsibilities.

–Lori

Dear Landlady Lori,

What does your lease say about early termination?

Do you have last month’s rent, or is that still owed to you?

Do you have a security deposit?

It’s good that you sent a certified letter stating tenant responsibilities. Everything is different now with the pandemic.

I would talk to the tenant, in person, if that makes sense, and find out why they are leaving (did they lose their employment, etc.) and let them know that you will try to rent the property for their last month, to remove that responsibility from them.

I would also try to determine a firm date for when the tenants will vacate. Then you can have their assurance that you can freely show the property to potential tenants and hopefully rent the unit.

Your lease will ultimately control tenant responsibility. Try to maintain a good relationship through this bump in the road.

Sincerely,

Hank Rossi

Ask Landlord Hank - My Tenant’s Moving Out Before Lease Ends, What Should I Do?
Landlord Hank says try and maintain a good relationship with this tenant through this bump in the road if you can and be sure your lease says what it needs to say.

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Hank Rossi
I started in real estate as a child watching my father take care of our family rentals- maintenance, tenant relations, etc , in small town Ohio. As I grew, I was occasionally Dad’s assistant. In the mid-90s I decided to get into the rental business on my own, as a sideline. In 2001, I retired from my profession and only managed my own investments, for the next 10 years. Six years ago, my sister, working as a rental agent/property manager in Sarasota, Florida convinced me to try the Florida lifestyle. I gave it a try and never looked back. A few years ago we started our own real estate brokerage. We focus on property management and leasing. I continue to manage my real estate portfolio here in Florida and Atlanta.