Minnesota Residential Lease Termination Notice


Purpose. A Minnesota lease termination letter (“Notice to Vacate”) is a required document to end month-to-month lease agreements in Minnesota. State law requires giving at least 30 days notice for termination. However, state law does not require notice to be given to end fixed term lease agreements on their end date.

Read further to learn more about notice requirements and the residential lease termination process in Minnesota.

Legally Terminating a Lease Early in Minnesota

  • If a tenant is beginning active military service, he or she will not be required to finish out their lease. Nor will they be required to seek out a replacement renter. For this type of termination, the prospective uniformed service member’s tenancy will be ended following 30 days after the receipt of the termination notice.
  • If a tenant or the tenant’s child is a victim of domestic violence, then Minnesota statute § 504B.206 establishes that the lease may be terminated without repercussion.
  • When a landlord fails to make a unit safe for tenants or the unit in some way violates Minnesota health or safety codes, then this is also grounds for a constructive eviction, which bears no penalties for the tenant.
  • If a landlord violates the privacy rights or harasses his or her tenant, then this falls under § 504B.211 and is grounds for lease termination.