What happens when a landlord issues a three-day notice?


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A tenant who receives a three-day notice to pay or vacate the property from a landlord is obligated to either pay the rent owed within three days or face eviction. The matter is settled when the tenant pays. Alternatively, the tenant may choose not to pay rent and move out after getting the notice. In this situation, the landlord may apply the tenant's security deposit toward any rent money due.

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A tenant may opt to negotiate a partial payment of rent with the landlord during the three-day period; however, the landlord is not under obligation to accept partial payments. Any payments given to a landlord after the issuance of a notice must be documented in writing. Payment documentation may serve to invalidate an eviction. It is important to note that a three-day notice to pay or vacate is not an eviction; therefore, tenants have an opportunity to resolve the issue with the landlord and prevent eviction. Ignoring a three-day notice gives the landlord the right to begin the eviction process in court.

A tenant who receives a three-day notice for waste, nuisance or illegal activity must respond quickly. These types of notices are issued for property destruction or criminal activity. Upon receiving this type of three-day notice a tenant must vacate the property immediately or be evicted.

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