A Notice to Pay Rent or Quit the premises is a legal notice given by the landlord to the tenant who is delaying payment to the landlord. It is usually a 3-day or a 5-day notice which includes the order to the tenant to either pay the rent or quit the premise and the consequences of a failure of payment within the stipulated time. This notice is usually given to the tenant before starting any eviction process.
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USES OF NOTICE TO PAY RENT OR QUIT?
It is a very formal way of dealing with the tenants who are delaying the payment process since it is very formal and creates no confusion. Providing this notice to the tenants before starting the eviction process can help solve the payment issue.
Cases when the Notice to Pay Rent or Quit becomes invalid
The total amount due is not mentioned.
More amount than due is asked.
Requesting rent that was due a year ago.
Request for something other than the rent.
Instructing the tenant to ‘pay and quit’ instead of telling them to ‘pay or quit.
Don’t let the tenant choose to forfeit the lease.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. For how long can the notice be issued?
– There are different types of notices like: 3-day notice to pay rent or quit, 5-day notice to pay rent or quit, etc as established by the local law, before issuing the notice one should check the local law requirement area.
2.What can be done if the tenant does not pay the rent even after the stipulated time gets over?
– If the tenant has still not paid the rent, you may send a final warning letter with a “Notice of Default in Rent Payment” before formally terminating the lease.