New Jersey 3 Day Notice to Quit
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This NJ eviction notice is used for a disorderly conduct violation or if a tenant causes damage or destruction to a landlord's property.
Document Last Modified: 7/22/2023
New Jersey 3 Day Notice to Quit
In the state of New Jersey, issuing a 3 Day Notice to Quit is the first step in the eviction process for tenants who are exhibiting disorderly conduct that’s disruptive to neighbors or other tenants. This notice may also be used if the property exhibits signs of intentional and/or grossly negligent damage or destruction at the fault of the tenant.
Who: As the landlord, you may issue this notice to any tenant displaying disorderly conduct or any tenant who has caused intentional and/or severe destruction or damage to your rental property. This form addresses disorderly conduct and property damage and destruction as they are covered by New Jersey State Law (N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1 and 2).
What: In New Jersey, the 3 Day Notice to Quit gives the tenant three days to vacate the premises of the rental property or face eviction. If the tenant does not vacate in three days, you may begin the eviction process.
When: You must give this notice to your tenants no less than three days before you file for eviction in a New Jersey court. Three days after this notice is given, you may legally begin the eviction process.
Before serving a 3 Day Notice to Quit, however, you must first serve a Notice to Cease, which will give the tenant the opportunity to cease disruptive or damaging behavior, or to pay rent with any pertaining late fees. If the tenant fails to cease, then you can serve the 3 Day Notice to Quit before beginning the eviction process.
Note that in New Jersey a 3 Day Notice to Quit must be served to the tenant. This may be done by certified or regular mail, in person, or you may leave the notice posted prominently on the front door. If you are sending the notice by mail, add three business days to the time frame before you file for eviction. In most cases, the best option for landlords is to have an independent third party hand deliver two copies of the 3 Day Notice to Quit, leaving one with the tenant and bringing one back to you with the tenant’s signature.
Before serving a 3 Day Notice to Quit in New Jersey, you may want to go over the terms of your lease again to ensure that your tenant is in fact in violation. Then you can serve your Notice to Cease, followed by the 3 Day Notice to Quit and eviction proceedings.
Resources for Landlords:
- Sample New Jersey Lease Agreement
- New Jersey 30 Day Notice to Quit
- Judiciary Information for Landlords in New Jersey
- New Jersey Lease Agreement: This state-specific Lease is customizable and includes NJ laws.
- New Jersey Security Deposit Receipt Disclosure: This disclosure is required any time a NJ Landlord collects a security deposit from Tenants. It documents where the deposit is held and the interest it’s accruing.
- Rent Ledger: This form makes it EZ for Landlords to keep track of all rental payments. Should a Tenant ever be late with a rent payment, this form provides key documentation for Landlords.
- New Jersey 3 Day Notice to Quit: If a Tenant causes property damage or gets a disorderly conduct violation, this is the Notice Landlords should use to initiate eviction proceedings.
- New Jersey 30 Day Notice to Quit: This Notice should be used any time Tenants violate the Lease Agreement for reasons other than non-payment of rent.
- New Jersey Notice to Cease: In certain circumstances, this Notice should be provided to Tenants before the Notice to Quit.
- New Jersey Abandoned Property Notice: If a Tenant vacates or abandons a rental property and leaves property behind, this Notice should be used. It advises a Tenant that property will be stored for 30 days and then, if not claimed, sold or otherwise disposed of.
- New Jersey Eviction Law: New Jersey eviction law is complicated. This resource provides Landlords with all key eviction information.