In the rental property management world, the word “30 Days Notice” is used so often and so interchangeably with “one month notice” that it drives me crazy when our tenants actually take the “30 Days Notice” thing literally. Sorry, but if you give me 30 days written notice on September 1st, you do not have until September 31st to turn in your keys. Duh. (There are only 30 days in September, not 31.)
Ironically, however, I have only had that happen to me once in the last 12 years of managing property. Thank God, otherwise I might have to question that person about the last time they were beaten with the idiot stick and that always ends up being an awkward conversation.
So here is a piece of advice for all you Landlords and Property Managers out there… change your lease agreements to state ONE MONTH NOTICE, not 30 days. After all, there are only 28 days in February and sometimes 29. Don’t let your tenants hang you on a technicality by moving out on March 2nd. You want them out by the end of the month so that you can have it rented for the first of the following month. I think you get the gist, but not every month has exactly 30 days in it.
Save yourself the confusion and start using the term “one months notice” when speaking with your tenants. Or use proper English and state “one month notice”– why add an “s” when it’s not necessary? Eh, potato potahtoe. Whatevs.