Under New Jersey law, when your landlord attempts to evict you from an apartment, there are a number of notice requirements with which the landlord must comply:
- Notice requirements for failure to pay rent—Technically, there is no notice requirement if a landlord seeks to evict a tenant for failure to pay rent. If the rent is not paid by the date specified in the lease, the landlord can immediately file for eviction, though it will take some time for the eviction to be completed. However, if the landlord has allowed the tenant to repeatedly pay late, the landlord must now provide a written notice, called a “notice to cease.” If the tenant continues to pay late, the landlord must give one month’s notice, known as a “notice to quit,” before filing eviction papers.
- Notice requirements for property damage or disorderly conduct—If the tenant has engaged in “disorderly conduct,” such as physical altercations with other tenants, excessive noise or other nuisance, the landlord must provide the tenant with a written “notice to cease” before taking any other actions. If the disorderly conduct continues, the landlord can seek to evict the tenant, but must first provide a three day “notice to quit.” The same time period applies if there is physical damage to the apartment.
- Notice requirements for breach of lease—For all other actions which constitute a breach of the terms of the lease, the landlord must give the tenant a written “notice to cease,” specifying the conduct that is in violation of the lease. If the tenant does not remedy the breach, the landlord must provide one month’s notice with a “notice to quit” before filing any type of legal action.
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