A letter from the landlord can set a first-time renter’s hard pounding – especially if you don’t know what the notice means. So, check out our guide below of the notices you may receive from your landlord, and what you should do if you get them.
Notices you don’t want to see
If you get one of these notices, you’d be justified in stressing out a bit – and talking to a lawyer.
- Unconditional Quit Notice
An unconditional quit notice tells you your lease will end on a certain date and you have no option to rectify the situation. It’s illegal in some states and most US areas have restrictions on when landlords can do this.
- Notice of Non-Renewal
This tells you that your lease won’t be renewed as expected, and when you need to leave. If you don’t think you’re getting sufficient notice, you might be right. Check the laws in your state.
Notices that require action
If you get any of these notices from your landlord, you’ll have to do something so you don’t lose your apartment.
- Notice to Pay or Quit
If your rent or fees have been late, this notice tells you how much time you have to pay before you lose your rental.
- Notice to Cure or Quit
You’ll see this notice if your landlord believes you’ve violated your lease agreement – for example, by playing loud music or having a pet. It’ll tell you how long you have to rectify the issue before losing your rental.
- Notice of Rent Increase
This tells you how much your rent will increase and when.
- Notice of Intent to Dispose of Abandoned Personal Property
If you’ve moved out and left your belongings behind, or if you have belongings in shared spaces of the building, you might see this notice telling you how long you have to get your stuff before the landlord puts it in storage or throws it out.
These are the notices you can probably expect to see at some point, even if everything is going fine.
- Offer of Renewal
You’ll get an offer of renewal near the time that your lease is ending if your landlord wants you to stick around.
- Notice of Entry
If your landlord needs to examine the property for a repair or inspection, they should send you a notice of entry so you know when to expect them.
- Notice of Repairs, Renovations, or Outages
These notices let you know when you can expect someone to drop in to fix an issue with your rental, or if there’ll be a service interruption (for example, if the power will go out) while repairs are being made.
- Notice of Transfer of Management
If your landlord sells the property, you’ll get a letter telling you who your new landlord is. This does not mean your lease should be interrupted.