New Jersey Notice to Cease

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In some circumstances, a “Notice to Cease” is required before a "Notice to Quit" is served.

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New Jersey Notice to Cease

In New Jersey, a Notice to Cease is the first step in the eviction process if you have a tenant who:

  • Exhibits disorderly conduct that is disruptive to neighbors or other tenants.
  • Is in violation of one or more of your stated rules and regulations.
  • Is in violation of your lease or rental agreement, not including non-payment situations.

For these violations, a Notice to Cease must be served to the tenant before any other actions are taken. However, in New Jersey, if you have a tenant who refuses to pay rent, unless the property is federally subsidized housing, you are under no obligation to serve notice. In this case, you may file for eviction with the state of New Jersey without giving any notification at all to your tenant.

Who: To legally begin the eviction process, you must first serve this Notice to Cease to the tenant who is in violation of the lease or who is exhibiting disorderly conduct that disturbs the neighbors or other tenants. This notification will not be given to tenants who are in violation of the lease or rental agreement due to non-payment.

What: The New Jersey Notice to Cease represents the tenant’s final chance to stop any and all violation(s) of the lease or rental agreement. If, after receiving this notice, the tenant stops all disorderly conduct and ceases to violate the lease or rental agreement, the landlord will not continue with the eviction process.

When: As landlord, you will serve the New Jersey Notice to Cease as a warning to your tenant(s) before you serve a Notice to Quit form. If the tenant does not cease violations, you may then serve a Notice to Quit before filing for eviction. In cases of nonpayment, the Notice to Cease is not a required step before proceeding with eviction.

Important Note: In the state of New Jersey, if you have a tenant who fails to pay rent, you may take immediate legal action to have that tenant evicted from your property. In cases of nonpayment, you are not required to give the tenant notice before you file for eviction except, as we have stated, in cases where the property is federally subsidized housing.

Other Helpful Resources for New Jersey Landlords:

New Jersey Rental Forms and Templates

  • 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.

State-Specific Forms