notice to quit

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

A legal termination notice that a landlord gives a tenant to leave (quit) the premises or to pay overdue rent or correct (cure) some other lease violation, such as bringing in an unauthorized pet or roommate, within a short time (such as three days). State rules specify details of these notices, such as how and when they may be used, the amount of time the tenant has to leave (and whether the tenant has the chance to correct or cure the violation), the delivery and timing of the notice, and what steps a landlord must take before filing an unlawful detainer or eviction lawsuit.

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