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Moving out

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Moving without giving proper notice

If you do not give the right amount of notice when you move out and do not take any of the other steps described in this booklet, your tenancy will not end when you move out. And you might owe rent for the time until your tenancy does end.

If you gave a notice that was not valid, your tenancy will end on the earliest date that it could have ended if your notice had been valid.

If you did not give any notice, the rule is the same, except that the law pretends you gave a valid notice on the day your landlord found out you had moved.

Your tenancy can end sooner if a new tenant moves in. Your landlord must try to find a new tenant as soon as possible, rather than waiting until your tenancy ends. So it is usually a good idea to make it easier for your landlord to rent the place to someone else. For example, you can make sure your landlord knows when you will be moving, even if you cannot give proper notice.

Getting evicted on purpose

Sometimes tenants who want to end their tenancy early try to get evicted on purpose, because if they move out by the termination date on their landlord's eviction notice, they will not be responsible for any rent after that date.

But if you do this, your landlord might try to sue you in court for other money. For example, your landlord might sue you for the cost of looking for another tenant or for lost rent if your landlord cannot find another tenant right away.

The law is not clear about whether you would have to pay any of this. A judge might make you pay, especially if the judge thinks you did something on purpose to make the landlord evict you.