Three-Day Notice Law and Legal Definition

Three-day notice is a notice to pay delinquent rent or quit (leave or vacate) the premises given by a landlord to a tenant. The notice is so called because in most states the landlord gives the tenant three days to pay or vacate. Service of the notice and failure of the tenant to pay or vacate within three days provide the basis for a lawsuit for eviction for unpaid rent and a court judgment ordering the tenant to leave. While the three-day notice period is common it does not apply in all states or in all circumstances, such as local rent control ordinances.