New Jersey 3 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 19, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

New Jersey 3 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for illegal activity on the property, such as assaulting someone on the premises. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within three (3) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays) of receiving notice.

When To Use a New Jersey 3 Day Notice To Vacate

A New Jersey 3 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Causing substantial property damage
  • Illegal possession or use of a firearm
  • Possession or distribution of controlled substances
  • Involvement in human trafficking or promotion of prostitution
  • Threatened or committed assault on the premises

Some types of New Jersey lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a New Jersey 3 Day Notice To Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a New Jersey 3 Day Notice To Vacate

New Jersey landlords may deliver a 3 Day Notice To Vacate using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Hand delivery to a person over age 14 on the property who can accept the notice on behalf of the tenant
  3. Delivery by certified mail, and by regular mail if the first mailing goes unclaimed
  4. 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.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.