Q: My rental lease just went month-to-month. When can I terminate the lease?
The lease states, “The lease may then be terminated by either party giving 30 days written notice prior to the end of the rental month.” If I give written notice on Aug 10, am I obligated to pay rent through Sept 30 or can I end my lease mid- September? This is in Virginia. The lease was initiated directly with the owner/landlord, but has since been through one property management company and now a second. I was told by the current property management company, as an example, ‘if I give notice to terminate the lease on August 1, I would be responsible for rent through Sept 30.’ This did not make sense to me. Thank you for your help.
A: The general rule for '30-day notice' clauses is that they run to the end of the next rental period following the date notice is given. Thus, in your example notice given today (or Monday, August 10) would be effective September 30.
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