How To Serve an Eviction Notice in New Jersey

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in New Jersey

Last Updated: March 18, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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

New Jersey landlords may deliver an eviction notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Hand delivery to a person over age 14 on the premises who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party
  3. All cases EXCEPT holding over at lease expiration: Delivery by certified mail, and by regular mail if the first mailing goes unclaimed
  4. ONLY for holding over, holding over after a rent default, and holding over after waste, nuisance, or certain major lease violations, AND only when all forms of hand delivery fail: Delivery by posting or affixing a copy at a conspicuous place on the premises

Mailed notice extends the notice period by five (5) calendar days, to account for variable 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
  • Posting at the Premises – by taking a photograph of the posted notice with a date and timestamp

New Jersey Eviction and 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