It’s never too early to start looking, but most apartments require a 60-day notice to vacate and begin sending out renewal notices as early as 120 days before the end of a lease. We should be able to see what’s available around 60 days from your move date and, in some cases, 90 days. In a tight market, earlier is better, and some communities will even let you get on a waiting list for the floor plan you want. If occupancy rates are low and you’re willing to gamble, waiting until the second week of the month you need to move can score you a deal as managers get more anxious to fill their vacant units.