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Notice to Comply or Vacate | Eviction

Updated February 19, 2024

A notice to comply or vacate is sent by a landlord when a tenant commits a lease violation other than late rent. Once the tenant receives notice, the violation must be fixed within the state timeframe or move out of the premises. If fixed, the lease will continue as if no violation occurred.

Common Violations

By State

Table of Contents

What is a Notice to Comply or Quit?

A notice to comply or quit informs a tenant that they have violated their lease agreement for an act unrelated to rent. If the tenant does not fix (“cure”) the issue within a specific time frame (See State Laws) then they will be required to vacate and move out of the property.

Types of Non-Compliance – Examples

  • Long-term “guests” have been identified.
  • Property damage is found, which can include smoking.
  • The tenants have unauthorized animals on the property.
  • The tenant has failed to maintain the minimum upkeep of the property.
  • Multiple disturbance complaints have been filed against the tenant.
  • The tenant has subleased the property without the authorization of the landlord.
  • The maximum occupancy has exceeded the rental contract or as permittable by local housing laws.
  • The tenant has failed to follow the regulations and rules preset by the local Homeowners Association

What about Illegal Activity?

For any tenant found breaking the law the Illegal Activity Notice to Quit must be used.

How to Serve Notice for Non-Compliance (4 steps)

  1. Download and Complete the Notice
  2. Send the Notice to the Tenant
  3. Speak with the Tenant
  4. Perform an Inspection

1. Download and Complete the Notice

landlord downloading notice to quit form on laptop

Download: PDF, MS Word, OpenDocument

A proper Notice to Quit should identify the following information:

  • Landlord and tenant details;
  • Original lease date (for reference);
  • Notice period (see State laws);
  • A violation described, in full, and how to fix;
  • Landlord’s/Agent’s Signature; and
  • Certificate of Service to be completed by the sender.

2. Send the Notice to the Tenant

landlord filling out certified mail receipt

It’s recommended that any eviction notice is sent via Certified Letter (with return receipt) via USPS. This will prove that someone at the residence received the letter by their signature upon delivery. Most States allow any resident of the property age 14 years and older to accept an eviction notice.

3. Speak with the Tenant

landlord speaking on phone with tenant

After receiving the return receipt it’s best to contact the tenant to ask about their plans for fixing the issue. When asking the tenant, also get a date to perform an inspection to ensure the tenant has complied with the demands.

4. Perform an Inspection

landlord performing inspection inside tenant unit

Whether the violation was property damage or an unwelcome guest living on the property, the landlord should perform an inspection. This should be performed after the notice period ends and the landlord has given proper notice for entry. It’s always recommended, no matter the State, to provide at least 48-hour notice.

At the inspection, the landlord can verify to see if the tenant has cured the issue. If not, the tenant will be required to vacate the premises immediately. If the tenant refuses to move out, the landlord may begin eviction proceedings.

When Does an Eviction Start?

An eviction starts the day after the notice period ends. If the tenant has not cured the violation or moved out of the property, the landlord may file a Complaint and Summons to their local housing court. Experienced managers can process an eviction themselves without an attorney.

It’s a fairly straightforward process anywhere from 30 to 120 days which commonly ends with the local Sheriff changing the keys. Once the keys are changed the tenant will have a certain time period to move their possessions or they become the property of the landlord.

State Laws (Required Notice Periods)

State Notice Period for Non-Compliance Statute
 Alabama 7 days § 35-9A-421)
 Alaska 10 days § 34.03.220(a)(2)
 Arizona 10 days § 33-1368(A)
 Arkansas 14 days § 18-60-304
 California 3 days § 1161(3)
 Colorado 10 days § 13-40-104
 Connecticut 15 days § 47a-15(a)
 Delaware 7 days § 5513
 Florida 7 days § 83.56(2)
 Georgia N/A No statute
 Hawaii 10 days § 521-72
 Idaho 3 days § 6-303(3)
 Illinois 3 days § 735 ILCS 5/9-210
 Indiana N/A No statute
 Iowa 7 days § 562A.27(1)
 Kansas *14 days *§ 58-2564
 Kentucky 15 days § 383.660(1)
 Louisiana 5 days § 4701
 Maine 7 days § 6002 & § 6025
 Maryland 30 days § 402.1(a)(1)
 Massachusetts N/A No statute
 Michigan 7 days § 600.5714
 Minnesota N/A No statute
 Mississippi 30 days § 89-8-13
 Missouri 10 days § 441.040
 Montana 14 days § 70-24-422
 Nebraska *14 days § 76-1431(1))
 Nevada *3 days *§ 40.2516
 New Hampshire 30 days § 540:3(II)
 New Jersey 30 days § 2A:18-61.2
 New Mexico  7 days § 47-8-33A
 New York  10 days § 753(4)
 North Carolina Immediate § 42-26
 North Dakota 3 days § 47-32-02
 Ohio 3 days § 1923.04
 Oklahoma 15 days § 132(B)
 Oregon 14/10 days § 90.392
 Pennsylvania N/A No statute
 Rhode Island  20 days § 34-18-36
 South Carolina 14 days § 27-40-710(a)
 South Dakota Before the end of the rental contract § 43-32-18
 Tennessee 30 days § 66-7-109
 Texas N/A No statute
 Utah 3 days § 78B-6-802
 Vermont  30 days § 4467
 Virginia *21 days *§ 55.1-1245(A)
 Washington  10 days § 59.12.030(4)
Washington D.C.  30 days § 42–3505.01(b) 
West Virginia  Immediate § 55-3A-1
 Wisconsin  Dependent on term § 704.17
 Wyoming  3 days § 1-21-1003