What Is a Lease Notice?

A Lease Notice is a document that informs a tenant or landlord of changes to an existing lease. The type of notice you send depends on your situation.

Landlords can send notices to tenants that indicate:

  • A breach of the lease
  • The lease is ending
  • Failure to comply with prior notice

Tenants can send notices to their landlords that indicate:

  • The property needs repair
  • The lease is ending
  • They (the tenant) wish to terminate the lease early
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What is a Notice of Lease Violation?

A Notice of Lease Violation can be sent to a landlord, property manager, or tenant to inform them that they've broken a lease term (or terms).

A landlord or property manager could send a notice to their tenant because:

  • The tenant owes rent
  • The tenant has made threats of violence towards other tenants or the landlord
  • The tenant has broken a minor lease term (e.g. not mowing the grass on their property)
  • The tenant has damaged the rental property
  • The tenant engaged in criminal or illegal acts on the property

Depending on the severity of the lease violation, the tenant may have a chance to fix the violation and continue with their lease as normal.

If a tenant is sending a Notice of Lease Violation to a landlord or property manager, it is usually because something in the rental property or suite needs to be repaired.

What is a Notice of Rent Increase?

A Notice of Rent Increase is sent by a landlord or property manager to a tenant to inform them that their rent will increase on a certain date.

A landlord is usually obligated to:

  • Give their tenant notice before rent is increased (the amount of notice required varies by jurisdiction)
  • Provide written notice to their tenant informing them of the rent increase
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What is a Notice of Termination?

A Notice of Termination can be used by a landlord or a tenant as documentation that a lease is ending.

Generally, a termination notice is used for:

  • Month-to-month rentals
  • Jurisdictions where a specific amount of notice is required in order to terminate the lease

A Notice of Termination could also be sent as a courtesy to remind the tenant that the end of a fixed-lease term is approaching, but it is not required.

What is a Notice to Pay Rent or Quit?

A Notice to Pay Rent or Quit, also known as an Eviction Notice, is generally sent by a landlord to a tenant to request payment for overdue rent.

The landlord should send a Notice to Pay Rent or Quit:

  • To let the tenant know how much total rent they owe
  • To inform the tenant of what will happen if overdue rent is not paid by a certain date (usually results in the lease being canceled)
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Landlords and tenants might find the following forms useful:

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