The Types of Eviction Notices Landlords Give to Tenants

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Nobody likes to receive eviction notices. But if you do ever encounter one during the time that you are renting a place of residence, it pays to understand the different types of eviction notices so that you can take the appropriate action.

Pay or Quit

Pay or quit notices are served due to failure of paying rent. If you have not paid your rent after the grace period is over, the notice will be served and will require you to respond or pay rent after five days. Depending on the landlord, partial or full payment of the outstanding balance may be required. If the landlord agrees to partial payment, this will stop eviction procedure. The best way to handle this eviction notice is to get the money that you need to pay for your rent. You can either borrow from family or friends, get from your savings, or acquire money from your retirement plan.

Cure or Quit

In this type of eviction notice, a tenant may have done something wrong that violates the agreed terms of lease. This means that even if you have been punctual in paying the rent, you may still receive this type of notice if you have not followed the landlord’s rules or guidelines. Common examples of violation of lease terms include being too noisy, being unsanitary, or taking care of a pet.  Tenants who receive this type of notice should immediately do something to take care of the problem to avoid eviction. The landlord usually gives tenants about 3 days to fix the problem.

Unconditional Quit

With unconditional quit, there is nothing you can do to amend the problem. You are not given any opportunity to pay rent or fix whatever violation you have committed under the terms of lease. This type of notice is usually served for tenants who have not paid for a long time or who have been served numerous times with the first two eviction notices but to no avail. Other causes for this type of eviction include illegal activity, damage to property, and continuous violation of lease terms. When served with this type of notice, there is nothing left for you to do but to vacate the property as soon as possible. If you do not want to give up that easily, you can still talk and negotiate with the landlord.

Get Legal Help

The best way to handle eviction is to avoid it even before it happens. Abide by the rules set by the landlord, pay on time, and be a good tenant. Now, if you have been an abiding tenant and still you get an eviction notice, consult a good lawyer to know about the legal actions that you can take.

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