If after the tenant gives a landlord their 30 day notice, can the landlord deman the tenant to move sooner than 30 days?

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If after the tenant gives a landlord their 30 day notice, can the landlord deman the tenant to move sooner than 30 days?

I gave my landlord 30 days notice I was moving. The landlord has a prospective tenant who wants to move in sooner and the landlord demanded to see my apartment. I told her my apartment was not ready for viewing (only 3 days after notice given). She saw it, claimed I damaged her property (carpet stains and a hole I need to patch in wall) and told me she wants me to move sooner than the 30 days I gave. I am on a month to month lease. I did give a written notice of my 30 days. Can the landlord do this? I told her I would fix the issues many times before I move out.

Asked on November 26, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Iowa

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

She cannot force you to move out sooner. However, you were obligated based on reasonable notice given to you to allow your landlord to show the apartment. Just stay the remaining days or tell your landlord she will need to refund half a month's rent plus security if she wishes for you to move out earlier. The check should be a bank check or money order or just cash. Ultimately, you have an opportunity to repair but if the landlord does not wish for you to repair, she can tell you that.


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