The safest course of action for a landlord is to mail the 45-Day Letter to the best known address for the tenant, just to show the court that the landlord was making a good faith effort to comply with the law. If the landlord has no address, then the landlord should send the letter to the address of the rental unit in dispute with a postal request for a forwarding address. Simply write “FORWARDING ADDRESS REQUESTED” on the envelope, which will be returned to the landlord with a new address or no address. That envelope is evidence, so landlords should keep it. If a new address is received, a new 45-Day Letter should be mailed to that new address.
• The building is destroyed by fire, storm, etc.
• The lease expires.
• The tenant abandons the property with the landlord’s knowledge.
• The tenant dies.