If my lease ends on the 31st of the month and no time is specified on the lease itself, can my landlords force me out by 3:30 pm?

UPDATED: Jul 28, 2011

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If my lease ends on the 31st of the month and no time is specified on the lease itself, can my landlords force me out by 3:30 pm?

Don’t I technically have until midnight to move out? They tried to tell me this yesterday when I move in 3 days.

Asked on July 28, 2011 Texas


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Read the terms of the written lease that you have with your landlord. Its terms set forth the duties and obligations owed to the other. Most written leases start on a designated date, usually one second past midnight the date of the lease's beginning.

Most leases end at midnight, the date of the last day of the lease.

If your lease ends on a certain day, you have until the end of that day to move out and clear all of your belongings. Meaning, midnight on the 31st of the month, not 3:30 p.m as requested by the landlord. If your landlord wants you out earlier in the day, you can do so if you want, but you are not required to leave earlier than midnight.

Good question.

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