Tenants’ termination notices just as binding as landlords’

When a tenant prematurely submits a notice terminating their lease, a landlord is not obligated to take them back should they decide to withdraw it.

A report in the Los Angeles Times says that termination notices submitted by a tenant have just as much legal weight as one written by a landlord. If the tenant decides they no longer want to leave the apartment, the landlord has no legal requirement to nullify the termination notice, although they can decide to do so if it makes sense for both parties.

Additionally, the Times reported that it is a common misconception that a tenant's security deposit will cover their final month of rent after they have submitted a termination notice. Landlords should be aware that the tenant is still responsible for that final month's rent unless a sum of money designated for the "last month's" rent was collected – separate from the security deposit – at the time lease documents were signed.

If they are submitting a termination notice themselves, a landlord should be sure they are not using any illegal methods to get tenants out, advises FindLaw.com. Landlords should not threaten a tenant or order them to leave, and changing locks, removing their property or suspending utility services are all also unlawful eviction methods.