The eviction notice to pay or quit is a form that is given by a landlord to a tenant when they have failed to make payment on-time as stated in their lease agreement and after any State “grace period”. The notice is to be given either in-person or sent via certified mail (return receipt requested) and during the time period allowed the tenant may either pay all that is owed or face the legal action of having an eviction filed against them (Forcible Entry and Detainer “FED”).

If the tenant pays back all that is due in the allotted time-frame their lease will be considered in compliance as if the late payment never occurred. Although some States allow for the landlord to cancel the lease agreement altogether if the tenant pays rent late within a six (6) or twelve (12) month timeline.

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Time Periods & Laws

How to Write

Step 1 – Download the notice in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.docx).


Step 2 – In the top area enter the full name(s) of the tenant(s).

Step 3 – The full address of the premises including street address, city, county, State, and zip code.

Step 4 – The date of the original lease agreement.

Step 5 – Enter the number (#) of days that will work as the time period for the notice.

Step 6 – The person that is responsible to being paid the back-rent, the amount, and the dates for which the payment is late.

Step 7 – The landlord will need to sign and then send to the tenant via Certificate of Service which recommends either serving the tenant too or sending the notice via registered mail (return receipt requested).