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What is a 3-Day Notice to Pay or Quit

24 Hour Property Management - Monday, May 20, 2019

What is a 3-Day Notice to Pay or Quit

When a tenant signs a lease with a landlord, he or she is agreeing to pay a specified amount usually by a specified date each month.  When a tenant is late on their payment, the first step to take to remedy the problem is to post a 3-Day Notice to Pay or Quit the day after the rent is due or the day after any grace period written into the lease. For example, rent is due on the first of the month and late after the fifth. If you have not received rent by 11:59 PM on the fifth, you should post a 3-Day Notice to Pay or Quit on the sixth.

The 3-Day Notice to Pay or Quit notifies the tenant in writing of the following: (1) the rent is past due; (2) he or she has 3 days to pay the rent; and, (3) if rent is not paid, the landlord has legal right to begin eviction proceedings.

The best delivery method is to hand deliver it to the tenant. In lieu of personal delivery, you may deliver it to a person of suitable age and discretion at the residence or post the notice in a conspicuous place on the property (i.e., tape it to the front door and take a photo). You should also mail a copy to the residence for additional notification and an extra layer of protection for you.

If the tenant does not pay the arrears within three days or pledge to by a specified future date, the landlord should consult an attorney that specializes in evictions and unlawful detainer actions to determine if starting the eviction process is the best step forward.

Contact 24 Hour Property Management, Inc.

We’ve helped hundreds of investors rent properties over the years and while we pride ourselves in screening out all but only the best tenants, we have occasionally had to deliver a 3-Day Notice to Pay or Quit. We can do the same for you if and when it is ever needed. If interested, you can reach us seven days a week at 949-409-8585 or you can check us out on the web at