State Laws on Termination for Violation of Lease

Learn about the time limits to which a landlord must adhere before he or she can evict a tenant for violating a lease.

Many states give tenants a specified amount of time to cure or cease a lease or rental agreement violation or move before the landlord can file for eviction. This chart lists the time period for each state and includes the citation for additional details. In some states, if the tenant has not ceased or cured the violation at the end of that period, the tenant gets additional time to move before the landlord can file; in others, the tenant must move as soon as the cure period expires. And some states allow the landlord to terminate with an Unconditional Quit notice, without giving the tenant a chance to cure or cease the violation. The following rules may be tempered in domestic violence situations, depending on state law (see the Nolo article Legal Protections for Tenants Who Are Victims of Domestic Violence for the law in your state.)

StateStatuteTime Tenant Has to Cure the Violation
or Move Before Landlord Can File for Eviction


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