A month-to-month periodic lease automatically renews one month at a time until one of the parties ends it by giving a 30-day notice. Either the landlord or the tenant can give a 30-day notice to end the month-to-month lease, and the notice can be given for any non-discriminatory reason (see Discrimination). The 30-day notice takes effect on a rental due date, and must be given at least 30 days before that date. Click here for a sample 30-day notice.
If the tenant receives a 30-day notice to vacate from the landlord, the tenant should vacate the property and return possession to the landlord by the effective date of the notice. Failure to return the property to the landlord could result in the tenant being evicted and, if the judge finds that the tenant willfully failed to return the property, charged up to 3 months’ rent and the landlord’s attorney’s fees.