THE TENANT DECIDES TO MOVE.
A. WHAT NOTICE IS REQUIRED?
The tenant should check the lease, if there is a written one, and see if it states whether or not the tenant must give notice before moving. If the lease says nothing about giving notice, the tenant is not required to do so if the tenant moves out when the lease runs out. But whether the lease says so or not, the tenant should give the landlord as much notice as possible so that the landlord can quickly re-rent the property. Under the new law of "implied warranty of habitability" it a landlord refuses to make necessary repairs, the tenant may, after proper notice, break his lease before it runs out. The apartment must be left in the same condition as when the tenant moved in. The tenant may be held responsible for damages caused to the apartment beyond damages to the property. The tenant should take pictures of the property before leaving as a way of proving in what condition the apartment was left. The tenant should also return the keys to the landlord.
B. WHAT ABOUT THE SECURITY DEPOSIT?
To get the security deposit returned, the tenant must give the landlord, or his/her agent, a forwarding address in writing at or before the time the tenant actually moves out. The landlord must then, within thirty (30) days from the date the tenant moves out,
1) return the security deposit or 2) send the tenant a list of damages the tenant caused in the apartment, the cost of the repairs, plus any extra money left over from the security deposit. If the landlord does not return the security deposit or does not provide the written list of damages within thirty (30) days, the tenant can sue the landlord.