How to Serve an Eviction Notice in New Jersey

How to Serve an Eviction Notice in New Jersey

Last Updated: March 23, 2023 by Marnie Snyder

In New Jersey, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

A 30 Day Notice to Quit for unpaid rent is an eviction notice for tenants that consistently fail to pay rent on time and landlords that accept late rent. A landlord can serve notice anytime after the legal five (5) business day grace period.

The landlord is not legally required to serve the tenant a notice for unpaid rent before filing an eviction. However, a 30 Day Notice to Quit is required if the landlord has accepted late rent in the past and the tenant consistently fails to pay rent in full and on time.

Acceptable Forms of Service in New Jersey

A landlord can deliver notices in New Jersey using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a member of the tenant’s family, over the age of 14;
  3. Mailing the notice by certified mail or if the letter is not claimed, by mailing the notice via regular mail.

    When sending the notice by certified mail, service is deemed complete upon the acceptance of the letter by the receiving party.

    When sending the notice by regular mail, add five (5) calendar days  to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.

    Obtaining Proof of Service in New Jersey 

    Landlords can show proof that the notice was delivered through the following methods:

    • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.
    • Certified or Regular Mail – via a return receipt / mail receipt and by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of mailing.

    New Jersey Eviction & Lease Termination Notice Forms

    Notice Form Grounds
    30 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
    30 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
    3 Day Notice to Vacate Eviction for Illegal Activity
    7 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Weekly Lease
    30 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Monthly Lease / No Lease
    90 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Yearly Lease or

    Tenancy at Will

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