State Laws on Termination for Violation of Lease

Learn the time limits required before a landlord may evict a tenant for violating a lease.

By , Attorney | Updated by Ann O’Connell, Attorney

States have very specific procedures landlords must follow to terminate a tenancy. The procedure typically varies depending on whether the reason for termination is the tenant's nonpayment of rent or violation of a lease clause. This chart covers the latter (termination for tenant violation of a lease clause). Many states give tenants a specified amount of time to cure or cease a lease or rental agreement violation or to move out before the landlord can file for eviction. This chart lists the time period for each state (this could be as little as three days to as many as 30 days, depending on the state). The chart also includes the legal citation for additional details (you can read the actual law on the website maintained by the Cornell Legal Information Institute). In some states, if the tenant has not ceased or cured the violation at the end of the specified time period, the tenant gets additional time to move before the landlord can file an eviction lawsuit; 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.

State Laws on Termination for Violation of Lease



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


Ala. Code § 35-9A-421

7 business days.


Alaska Stat. §§ 09.45.090, 34.03.220

10 days for violators of agreement materially affecting health and safety; 3 days to cure for failing to pay utility bills, resulting in shut-off, additional 2 to vacate.


Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 33-1368

5 days for violations materially affecting health and safety; 10 days for other violations of the lease terms.


Ark. Stat. §§ 18-17-701, 18-17-702

Tenant has 14 days to cure a remediable violation. If violation materially affects tenant's health and safety, tenant must remedy as promptly as conditions require in case of emergency (or within 14 days after written notice by the landlord if it is not an emergency); failure entitles landlord to terminate the tenancy.


Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 1161(3)

3 days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and other judicial holidays.


Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-40-104(1)(d.5)-(e), 13-40-107.5

10 days to cure a (non-substantial) lease violation, unless the property is leased under an "exempt residential agreement" (in which case it's 5 days to cure). No opportunity to cure substantial lease violations, landlords must give three days' notice to move.


Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 47a-15

15 days; no right to cure for nonpayment of rent or serious nuisance.


Del. Code Ann. tit. 25, § 5513(a)

7 days

District of Columbia

D.C. Code § 42-3505.01

30 days


Fla. Stat. Ann. § 83.56(2)

7 days (no cure for certain substantial violations).


Ga. Code Ann. § 44-7-50

Although statute doesn't specifically mention lease violations as grounds for eviction, Georgia courts allow lease violation as a ground for an unconditional quit notice under the statute.


Haw. Rev. Stat. §§ 521-72, 666-3

10 days' notice to cure: if it has not ceased, must wait another 30 to file for eviction; 24 hours to cease a nuisance: if it has not ceased in 24 hours, 5 days to cure before filing for eviction.


Idaho Code § 6-303

3 days


735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/9-210

10 days


No statute

Landlord can terminate with an unconditional quit notice.


Iowa Code § 562A.27(1)

7 days


Kan. Stat. Ann. § 58-2564(a)

14 days to cure and an additional 16 to vacate.


Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 383.660(1)

15 days


La. Civ. Proc. art. 4701

5 days


Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14 § 6002

7 days


Md. Real Prop. Code Ann. § 8-402.1

30 days unless breach poses clear and imminent danger, then 14 days (no cure).


No statute

Landlord can terminate with an unconditional quit notice.


Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.5714

For causing serious, continuous health hazards or damage to the premises: 7 days after receiving notice to restore or repair or quit (domestic violence victims excepted).


Minn. Stat. Ann. § 504B.285 (Subd.4)

Landlord can immediately file for eviction.


Miss. Code Ann. § 89-8-13

14 days.


No statute

Landlord can terminate with an unconditional quit notice.


Mont. Code Ann. § 70-24-422

14 days; 3 days if unauthorized pet or person on premises, or if the noncompliance is from verbal abuse of the landlord by a tenant.


Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-1431

14 days to cure, 16 additional days to vacate if not cured within 14 days. If substantially the same violation recurs within 6 months, the landlord can terminate without opportunity to cure with 14 days' notice.


Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 40.2516

5 days to cure.

New Hampshire

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 540:3

30 days.

New Jersey

N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2A:18-53(c),


3 days; lease must specify which violations will result in eviction. (Some courts have ruled that the tenant be given an opportunity to cure the violation or condition any time up to the entry of judgment in favor of the landlord.)

New Mexico

N.M. Stat. Ann. § 47-8-33(A)

7 days.

New York

N.Y. Real Prop. Acts Law §§ 711, 753(4)[NYC]

Regulated units: 10 days or as set by applicable rent regulation. Nonregulated units: No statute. Lease sets applicable cure and/or termination notice periods.

North Carolina

No statute

Landlord can terminate with an unconditional quit notice if lease specifies termination for violation.

North Dakota

No statute


Ohio Rev. Code §§ 1923.02(A)(9) and 1923.04

3 days.


Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 41, § 132(A), (B)

10 days to cure, additional 5 days to vacate.


Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 90.392, 90.405

14 days to cure, additional 16 days to vacate; 10 days to remove an illegal pet.


No statute

Landlord can terminate with an unconditional quit notice.

Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws § 34-18-36

20 days for material noncompliance.

South Carolina

S.C. Code Ann. § 27-40-710(A)

14 days.

South Dakota

S.D. Codified Laws Ann. §§ 21-16-1(7), 21-16-2

Landlord must give tenant 3 days' notice to quit (no opportunity to cure) before filing for eviction, in specified situations. Other situations require no notice.


Tenn. Code Ann. § 66-28-505(a)(3)

14 days.


Tex. Prop. Code § 24.005

3 days.


Utah Code Ann. § 78B-6-802

3 days.


Vt. Stat. Ann. tit.9 § 4467(b)(1)

30 days.


Va. Code. Ann. § 55.1-1245

21 days to cure, additional 9 to quit. [Note: A state of emergency declared by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic might affect both landlords' and tenants' rights. See Va. Code § 55.1-1245.]


Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §§ 59.12.030(4), 59.18.650

10 days.

West Virginia

W.Va. Code § 55-3A-1

Landlord can immediately file for eviction; no notice is required.


Wis. Stat. Ann. § 704.17

5 days, no opportunity to cure for public housing tenants who have committed drug-related violations.


Wyo. Stat. §§1-21-1002, 1-21-1003

3 days.

Updated: January 26, 2022

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