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Eviction Notice Types

A legal eviction in New Jersey can only be made for a number of legally acceptable reasons. This means that landlords must provide a valid basis along with the correct amount of days’ notice in order to comply with the legal eviction process within the state. 

Not using the correct legal document, in this case, can lead to delays or even legal dismissal of the eviction, so it is important to choose the right type. 

3-Day Notice to Quit

You can serve a 3-Day Notice to Quit for tenants who have committed disorderly conduct, threatening behavior towards the landlord or fellow residents, or destruction of property. 

This is an unconditional notice that cannot be cured. Once served, the tenant named on the document must leave the premises within 72 hours.

30-Day Notice to Quit

Tenants who repeatedly fail to pay rent on time or comply with the terms of their lease agreement can be given a 30-Day Notice to Quit if they fail to comply with a previously issued Notice to Cease. This informs the tenant that their rental contract has been terminated and that they must leave within the given time.

New Jersey Eviction Laws

Your New Jersey eviction notice must follow the state’s rental property laws, in order to be valid. There are a number of important requirements that are obligatory when proceeding with the eviction of a rental tenant.

An eviction in NJ may only happen in the case of:

  • Nonpayment of rent: 30 days’ notice
  • Lease violations: 30 days’ notice
  • Termination of a lease: 30 days’ notice
  • Disorderly conduct: 3 days’ notice
  • Damage to property: 3 days’ notice
  • Criminal activity: 3 days’ notice

The eviction notice itself must be delivered to the tenant as an official letter or form detailing the key information about the property and tenant.  It must also clearly explain the reason the landlord wishes to terminate the lease and how long the tenant has to comply.

NJ Eviction Process

The NJ eviction process must be followed precisely to ensure that the tenant is legally removed from the property. Therefore the landlord must take the correct steps and follow the right procedures, as detailed by New Jersey’s state law. To correctly complete an eviction in Jersey, the landlord must do the following:

  1. Step 1: Serve the tenant with a written statement giving a legally valid reason for the eviction and the correct amount of days’ notice for them to comply.
  2. Step 2: If the tenant does not comply with the eviction notice the landlord can file a complaint with a local court and a summons will be served.
  3. Step 3: The tenant and landlord can make their case in court. The presiding judge can then decide whether the eviction can proceed or not.
  4. Step 4: If the judge finds in the landlord’s favor and the tenant still refuses to vacate, the owner may process a Judgment of Possession with the court clerk.
  5. Step 5: When the Judgment of Possession has been processed the landlord may file the document with the county sheriff. The tenant will then have 72 hours to leave before being forcibly evicted.

New Jersey Eviction Notice Sample

When you prepare your own New Jersey eviction notice, it can be hard to have a clear idea of what the final document will look like. If you need a little extra guidance on how your legal document will appear, simply review our eviction notice sample below.

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FAQs About New Jersey Eviction Notices

Before starting your eviction notice for real, it is a good idea to understand the ins and outs of these important legal documents properly. Read more about New Jersey’s eviction notices in our FAQs below and learn how to use them effectively.

How Long Does it Take to Evict a Tenant in New Jersey?

In many cases, a New Jersey eviction can be completed almost immediately. Once the eviction notice is served, the tenant will have between 3 - 30 days to vacate. If they comply, then the process will be over as soon as the notice period ends.

However, serving the eviction notice incorrectly can lead to delays in the process. Also, if the tenant refuses to vacate, eviction procedures can take somewhat longer. To go through the court process can take up to 6 months depending on how busy the district or housing court system is at the time.

How to File an Eviction in New Jersey?

If a tenant doesn’t comply after being served with a legally valid New Jersey eviction notice it will be necessary to file a legal case against them. To do this the landlord will need to visit their local courthouse and file the case with the clerk of the court and provide the following evidence:

  • A copy of the lease agreement
  • The eviction notice that has been served (including proof of service)
  • Proof of the violation such as photographs, police reports, or receipts
  • Any witnessing parties to the violations

How Much Does It Cost to Evict Someone?

How much evicting a tenant costs will depend on how long the removal process lasts. If you serve the New Jersey eviction notice and that leads to a resolution of the dispute, or the tenant simply leaves as instructed, then the costs are very low (below $500 not including potentially lost rent).

However, if the tenant refuses to leave the property this could lead to a more protracted and expensive legal case. If you need to seek legal advice or representation at any step of the process and take the case to court, you could pay as much as $3,500 for the privilege.

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NOTICE TO PAY RENT OR QUIT
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_________
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_________, New Jersey _________

TO TENANT(S), ALL OTHER RESIDENTS AND UNNAMED OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISES LOCATED AT:

_________, _________, New Jersey _________

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to the lease and/or rental agreement dated _________, you are justly indebted to owner or landlord of the herein described premises and that notice is hereby given that there is now due, unpaid and delinquent rent in the total sum of $_________, representing rent due for the period from _________ to _________.

WITHIN _________ days after service on you of this notice, you are hereby required to pay the amount of above-stated rent in full OR vacate the subject premises and relinquish possession to the owner or landlord _________ or his/her authorized agent. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that if you do not pay the rent in full OR vacate the premises WITHIN _________ days as required by this notice, the undersigned does hereby elect to declare the forfeiture of your lease deposit and/or rental agreement. In addition, the owner or landlord will institute a summary proceeding against you to recover rent, damages and possession of said premises.

THE LANDLORD RESERVES ALL THE RIGHTS AND REMEDIES PROVIDED UNDER THE RENTAL AGREEMENT AND UNDER APPLICABLE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR UNPAID RENT OR PROPERTY AND NOTHING IN THIS NOTICE MAY BE CONSTRUED AS A WAIVER OF SUCH RIGHTS AND REMEDIES. THIS NOTICE IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE NEW JERSEY ANTI-EVICTION ACT.

Dated: _________

By: ______________________________
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_________, _________, _________ _________
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PROOF OF SERVICE
I, the undersigned, declare under penalty of perjury that I served the above notice, of which this is a true copy, on the following tenant(s) in possession in the manner(s) indicated below:

- On _____________, I handed the notice to the tenant(s) personally.

- On _____________, after attempting personal service, I handed the notice to a person of suitable age and discretion at the residence/business of the tenant(s), AND I deposited a certified and true copy in the U.S. Mail, in a sealed envelope with postage fully prepaid, addressed to the tenant(s) at his/her place of residence.

- On _____________, after attempting service in both manners indicated above, I posted the notice in a conspicuous place at the residence of the tenant(s), AND I deposited a true copy in the U.S. Mail, in a sealed envelope with postage fully prepaid, addressed to the tenant(s) at his/her/their place of residence.



Executed on ____________________
Served by ______________________
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