Quit notices served by landlords or tenants must be for valid reasons. Notice must be given NOT less than 30 clear days of the rent due date.
If a landlord gives a tenant notice to quit the premises for arrears in rent and the tenant pays before the expiry date of the notice, the notice is no longer valid. If the notice expires and the tenant has not paid and is still on the premises, the landlord cannot use any form of harassment to evict the tenant. He has to take the tenant to court for possession. The judge will then give the tenant a time period within which he/she should leave the premises.
Up until two weeks before the expiry date, the tenant may go back to the court for an extension or he/she may go to the Legal Aid Clinic at 131 Tower Street, Kingston for assistance.
Tenants should not wait until the expiry date to apply to the court for an extension. Once the expiry date has passed the landlord is able to go to the bailiff’s office, pay the necessary fees and have the tenant evicted from the premises.
Landlords and tenants should, however, try to settle disputes in an amicable manner. At the Rent Board you find a team of good listeners. Although it is not possible to please everybody, they do promise to give justice to all.