Giving Notice: Draft Letter

Here is a sample letter of what to write when terminating a standard rental contract...

Unless otherwise stated in the lease agreement, a tenant who wants to leave prior to the end date in the lease agreement must give three months' notice if the apartment is unfurnished. For furnished apartments, the notice period is one month.

The page should be formatted as a normal letter, with the address of the recipient (the landlord) and the date at the top on the right hand side. The letter should be sent to the landlord (or agent) by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt (Lettre Recommandée AR).

  • For a sample letter with one month notice period, for furnished apartments: Click here (in French)
  • For a sample letter with three months' notice period, for unfurnished apartments: Click here (in French)
Sample Rental Notice Letter

Your address

Landlord/Agent address
Date

 

Objet: Résiliation de bail avec 1 [3 for unfurnished apartments] mois de préavis

Madame, Monsieur,

Je vous fais part de mon intention de résilier mon contrat de location de l'appartement situé [insert address], que j'occupe depuis le [insert date of the start of rental contract].

Cette résiliation sera effective un [trois for unfurnished apartments] mois après la date de réception de cette lettre recommandée.

Je reste à votre entière disposition pour convenir d’une date de remise des clefs et d’établissement de l’état des lieux de sortie.

Dans l'attente de votre réponse, je vous prie d'agréer, Madame, Monsieur, l'expression de mes salutations distinguées.

[name and signature]

 

What it says, in English

Subject: Termination of rental contract with one month notice

Madam/Sir,

I am writing to inform you of my intention to terminate the lease of the apartment I have rented at [insert address], since [insert date].

The notice period is one [three for unfurnished apartments] month, from the day of reception of this registered letter.

I remain at your disposal to agree on a date to return the keys and to do an inventory and condition report (état des lieux).

I await your prompt reply.

Sincerely,

[name and signature]

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