Lease Termination Notice

Evicting a tenant is a difficult, but sometimes necessary, decision. Doing so lawfully by means of an Lease Termination Notice can help keep a difficult situation from getting too messy.

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No good landlord wants to remove someone from a rental property. It represents a loss of rent, and it's usually the last step in a long and unfortunate series of events.

Rental agreements are legal documents, and dissolving them is a legal procedure. Creating and sending a lease termination notice in accordance with the laws in your state is necessary to begin formal proceedings to remove the tenant.

What Is a Lease Termination Notice?

There are two types of lease termination notices, curable and incurable. With a curable notice, a landlord allows a tenant to amend the situation leading to the eviction. An incurable eviction notice makes no such allowance.

The general wording of a curable lease termination notice makes it clear that the tenant must fix a specific problem or move out by a certain date. Most commonly, a Lease Termination Notice is used as a result of non-payment of rent or delinquent rent. This gives the landlord the right to go to court to continue the eviction process.

The eviction process varies by state, and the time that a tenant gets to cure the issue is tied to state laws.

Other Names for Lease Termination Notice

Depending on your state, jurisdiction, or context, an Lease Termination Notice may also be known as:

  • Eviction Notice

  • Notice to Quit

  • Pay or Quit

  • Pay or Vacate

  • Notice to Vacate

These are all names for the same kind of notice, but you don't need to look up which one is the right one to use. 360 Legal Forms will help you generate the correct form for your state with our attorney-vetted templates.

Lease Termination Notice Terms

  • Forcible Entry and Detainer: The legal term for eviction

  • Writ of Restitution: Court document that allows law enforcement to remove the tenant of a property

  • Breach: When one party fails to meet the terms of an agreement

  • Holdover: A tenant who remains on a property after an Eviction Notice has expired

Who Needs an Lease Termination Notice?

Landlords must use an Lease Termination Notice to begin the eviction process of a problematic tenant. Without the  notice and a formal proceeding, there is no legal basis for the expulsion of a tenant.

However, a Lease Termination Notice is not always necessary. If the landlord and the tenant can agree on a solution to the problem, there's no reason to start the formal eviction process. In most cases, it's preferable for both parties to avoid an eviction process.

If all reasonable attempts at compromise fail, the Lease Termination Notice is the logical next step. A Lease Termination Notice can be served for any breach of the lease agreement, but the tenant has a right to stay in the property until a judge orders their eviction, even if that means the tenant stays past what the Lease Termination Notice allows.

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What Information Will I Need to Create My Lease Termination Notice?

To create your document, please provide:

  • Issue date: Date when the notice is to be issued

  • Personal Information of the Tenant: Name and address of the tenant being evicted

  • Personal Information of the Landlord: Name and address of the landlord serving the notice

  • Violation: The reason for the lease termination

  • Property: The address of the property leased to the tenant

  • Date of Lease Agreement: When the original lease agreement was signed

Lease Termination Notice Signing Requirements

In most cases, these notices do not need to be signed by the tenant but should carry the landlord's signature. Lease termination notices do not need to be notarized and can be delivered in person by the landlord or via mail.

What to Do With Your Lease Termination Notice

After creating and signing your Lease Termination Notice with 360 Legal Forms, you can download and print as many copies as you like. You can deliver a Lease Termination Notice to a tenant personally or by mail. Registered or Certified Mail is allowed in some states.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If the tenant fails to make good on the overdue rent in the allotted time specified in the Notice to Pay Rent or Quit, the landlord can elevate the matter to an eviction. The tenant may contact the landlord and ask for more time, but this is entirely the discretion of the landlord, who has the right to order the tenant to vacate the premises immediately.

Often, a landlord will decide to deliver the notice personally or leave it at the tenant's door. However, some states may specify how the notice has to be delivered, such as through a process server or sheriff or through the USPS with delivery confirmation.

In general, the landlord must refrain from any behavior that could be considered harassment. Landlords can hardly go wrong to remember to document everything thoroughly.

The grace period for rent collection is not arbitrary but dictated by state law. Depending on where you live, this time frame can be anywhere from 3 to 30 days. However, in some states like New Jersey and Georgia, tenants have to pay immediately or quit.

A landlord does not have to hire an attorney to write a Notice to Pay Rent or Quit. The tenant might see the need to hire an attorney if he or she has reason to believe that the landlord is in the wrong and wish to formally contest the amount assessed.

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