Writing an Eviction Notice
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local governments have suspended evictions. On March 19, 2020, New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy issued Executive Order 106, which immediately suspends evictions throughout the state of New Jersey.1 The eviction moratorium prevents lockouts and removals of tenants who have not made rent payments. Once Governor Murphy declares an end to the COVID-19 health crisis, officials are able to remove tenants who are subjected to final court orders of eviction.
Writing an eviction notice is never an easy task, but sometimes it’s necessary in order for both a tenant and landlord to move forward. If you have to make the decision to evict a tenant who is currently living in your property, it’s important to understand the eviction process and include all the information needed in your eviction letter.
Before filing a formal motion to the court to evict a tenant, you must give notice to the tenant. You can file to evict a tenant for numerous reasons, including, but not limited to:
Nonpayment of rent
Late payment of rent (habitually)
Breach of leasing agreement
Damage to the property
Increase in rent
If you need an eviction notice template, make sure that it conforms to the New Jersey state laws, including the way the form is delivered, the information included, and how long the tenant has to fix the situation or move out. You want to make sure the eviction letter is also clear and concise.
What Needs to Be Included in an Eviction Notice
An eviction letter should have the who, what, where, when, and why.
The tenant or tenants’ names on the lease. The notice should be addressed to the individual or individuals responsible for the lease.
The leased property information. This should include the full property address including a unit number and the day that the lease was signed.
The reason for eviction. This needs to be stated clearly with the violation, whether it is for a breach of lease, damage to the property, etc.
The option the tenant has to remedy the situation. You can inform the tenant of what could be done to fix the problem, if anything, as well as how long they have to remedy the situation.
The landlord’s signature. The eviction notice should be signed by the landlord involved with the issuance of the letter.
The date of delivery and delivery acknowledgement. The delivery section should state the date of delivery, the name of the recipient, and how it was delivered.
Eviction can be a lengthy process; it’s important to be clear, concise, and in compliance with the law before doing so. A property management company, such as Tverdov Housing, does an excellent job when it comes to finding, replacing, and even evicting tenants. They’re able to control the entire process so the landlords do not have to deal with the burden of removing a tenant from their property.
If you’re in need of property management in New Jersey, you can count on Tverdov Housing. We’re a Central Jersey real estate management company specializing in property management, brokerage, construction project management, and realtor services for residential properties in Union, Somerset, and Middlesex County. Contact our team or call us at (732) 344-0701 for more information on how we can take care of all the property management and maintenance for you at your investment property.