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The New Jersey Eviction statute may require that one or more notices be served upon the tenant prior to proceeding with court action. With the exception of a tenant's non-payment of rent, or failure to pay rent after a reasonable increase (which requires a separate notice), a landlord is required to serve notice upon a tenant prior to the start of court action. 

SERVING NOTICE OF EVICTION

NJSA 2A:18-61.2. Removal of residential tenants; required notice; contents; service

No judgment of possession shall be entered for any premises covered by section 2 of this act, (2A:18-61.1) except in the nonpayment of rent under subsection a. or f. of section 2, unless the landlord has made written demand and given written notice for delivery of possession of the premises. The following notice shall be required:

a. For an action alleging disorderly conduct under subsection b. of section 2, or injury to the premises under subsection c. of section 2, or any grounds under subsection m., n., o. or p. of section 2, three days' notice prior to the institution of the action for possession;

b. For an action alleging continued violation of rules and regulations under subsection d. of section 2, or substantial breach of covenant under subsection e. of section 2, or habitual failure to pay rent, one month's notice prior to the institution of the action for possession; (Like rowdy tenants, college rentals)

c. For an action alleging any grounds under subsection g. of section 2, three months' notice prior to the institution of the action;

d. For an action alleging permanent retirement under subsection h. of section 2, 18 months' notice prior to the institution of the action and, provided that, where there is a lease in effect, no action may be instituted until the lease expires;

e. For an action alleging refusal of acceptance of reasonable lease changes under subsection i. of section 2, one month's notice prior to institution of action;

f. For an action alleging any grounds under subsection l. of section 2, two months' notice prior to the institution of the action and, provided that where there is a written lease in effect no action shall be instituted until the lease expires;

g. For an action alleging any grounds under subsection k. of section 2, three years' notice prior to the institution of action, and provided that where there is a written lease in effect, no action shall be instituted until the lease expires.

h. PUBLIC HOUSING under the control of a public housing authority or redevelopment agency, for an action alleging substantial breach of contract under paragraph (2) of subsection e. of section 2, the period of notice required prior to the institution of an action for possession shall be in accordance with federal regulations. Contact your tenant's case worker if possible and notice that agency.

The notice in each of the foregoing instances shall specify in detail the cause of the termination of the tenancy and shall be served either personally upon the tenant or lessee or such person in possession by giving him a copy, or by leaving a copy at their usual place of living with a member of the family over the age of 14, or by certified mail; if the certified letter is not claimed, notice shall be sent by regular mail. (Suggest both methods of mailing).

See Page 2 of New Jersey Evictions  - Notices or  The New Jersey Landlord Registration Act Important in Evictions. 

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