Virginia Lease Termination Notices


Purpose. A Virginia lease termination letter (“Notice to Vacate”) is a required document to end month-to-month lease agreements in Virginia. 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 Virginia.

Virginia Notice Requirements for Lease Termination by Tenant

A tenant must give a landlord seven days prior notice to terminate a weekly agreement, 30 days written notice to terminate a month-to-month agreement, and 120 days for a lease that is for a longer period, which does not have a termination date. If the lease has a termination date, it automatically terminates at the end of the lease and this does not require any notice from the tenant to the landlord.

Legally Terminating a Lease Early in Virginia

A tenant may legally terminate a lease early in Virginia, without penalty, by giving 30 days prior notice to the landlord for certain causes, which include: