New York 14 Day Notice To Quit

Last Updated: March 18, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A New York 14 Day Notice To Quit is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for nonpayment of rent. The tenant must pay the balance due or move out within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a New York 14 Day Notice To Quit

A New York 14 Day Notice To Quit begins the eviction process when the tenant is late on rent. A landlord may deliver this notice when any portion of the rent remains unpaid, beginning the day after it’s normally due.

Some types of New York 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 York 14 Day Notice To Quit

To help ensure the legal validity of a Notice To Quit:

  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, and the corrective action(s) necessary to avoid termination
  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 York 14 Day Notice To Quit

New York landlords may deliver a written Notice of Termination by any method which results in actual notification of the tenant. The following methods, which come from formal service of court process in the state, are the legal gold standard:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Hand delivery to a person of suitable age and discretion on the property who accepts the notice on behalf of the tenant, PLUS mailing the notice by BOTH registered or certified mail AND first class mail
  3. Only if all forms of hand delivery fail: Posting the notice on the premises or under the property’s entrance door, PLUS mailing the notice by BOTH registered or certified mail AND first class mail

Mailed notice must be mailed within one (1) day of the other form of delivery, and extends a notice period by (3) 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.