If I only have a verbal agreement to pay rent, how much notice must I give before I leave?

There is nothing in writing. I just pay my rent on the first of the month.

Asked on September 9, 2018 under Real Estate Law, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First of all, you have an "oral" lease, just not a written one. It was formed when you and your landlord both agreed that you live on the premises fin exchange for your paying rent. In this case, you had what is known as a "month-to-month tenancy". Therefore, you should give 30 days notice of you intention to vacate which you should give in writng.

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