California: Confused about Rent/security deposit return once moving out even though I m not on a lease and renting month to month.?

Hi,
I ve decided to move out of my place; Im currently renting a room in a home with other roommates. I m not on any lease, it s month to month. I paid a $500 security deposit which was same amount as the rent before moving in. The rent is due every 3rd of the month, i just paid February s rent last week.
I know

Hi,
I ve decided to move out of my place; Im currently renting a room in a home with other roommates. I m not on any lease, it s month to month. I paid a $500 security deposit which was same amount as the rent before moving in. The rent is due every 3rd of the month, i just paid February s rent last week.
I know we orally agreed that I would pay the 500 security deposit and it would be returned to me if I gave 30 day prior notice when I decide to move out. I really want to move out March 1st( even earlier but I want my deposit back) but I know that would not be giving him 30 days notice. 30 days notice would be me moving out on the 7th of March since I will give him my notice today.
My question is, if I move out the 7th of March which would be 30 days after letting him know and every months rent is due the 3rd of every month, do I have to pay for the month of March even though I would only be living there for a week of March?
I also wanted to mention that I gave him a check for the security deposit before I moved in but he never cashed it so I ve been confused on that and I ve never asked him about it. I moved in January of this year. I would appreciate some help. Also I live in the state of California.

Other answer:

Vintage:
The most important thing is to communicate. Often dispute happens when one person springs a surprise on someone else which gives people the feeling you're not dealing in good faith.
Just TELL people you are moving. Then discuss pro-rating, etc. What should happen imo is that you pay what rent you owe, regardless of security deposit.
tro:
if he never cashed it or maybe still will not cash it you won't get anything no matter when you notify him or move out
if your rent is due the 3rd of the month and you have given your 30 day notice, work with the landlord about paying only the days of March you will be there, or get out before the rent is due
Flower:
The oral agreement that you only need give 30 days notice to get your deposit back is not valid. If your deposit was pooled with your other roommates, nobody gets theirs back until everybody has vacated. If you pay rent weekly, the law says you only need give 7 days notice to move. A landlord can charge you for all of March or just the days you are there. Here is the Calif state landlord-tenant site.
babyboomer1001:
You still have to pay for March, on the 3rd, as usual. Some states require the landlord to refund rent for March for the days you were not there. Most landlords do return it on a per diem basis. Refunds are due anywhere from 3 days to about 30 days, depending on where you live. I am not going to research CA law about it. Ask the landlord. He should know. Figure, that if you don't have it back, along with your security deposit, call him and ask him when you can expect to receive it.
coraann:
Yes, you will owe the rent for the whole month of March.
JMITW:
in california it is 30 calendar days..you can move out at any time as long as you pay for an additional 30 days. as long as you give 30 days notice, put a stop payment on the check so it can't be cashed.
Jadzia Dax:
It should be pro-rated so march rent should be $16.67 tell them to take that out of your deposit and you should get back $483.33
Francis:
nooo
Nana Lamb:
if the check was never cashed, then there is no deposit to be refunded as he never bothered! You are not out any deposit, just the uncashed check. Most banks will not honor any checks not cashed within 90 days of being written. On March 3 that will be more than 90 days from when you moved in. You are not entitled to more than the return of the check you wrote him. And it is going to be invalid when you leave!
Pascal the Gambler:
You pay rent through the 30 day notice.
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