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How to Properly Complete a Notice to Quit?

  1. Service of Notice: Personally serve the notice to quit on the tenant and keep a copy for your records.

  2. Reasons for Quitting: The notice must include a valid reason for why the premises are required to be vacated. Valid reasons may include:

    • Non-payment of rent for 30 days or more.
    • Landlord's own residence.
    • Dependent's residence.
    • Major repairs needed.
    • Improvement or rebuilding purposes.
  3. Notice Period: For residential premises, the notice should provide at least one full rental month's notice, expiring the day before the next rent month begins. For example, if rent is due on the first of the month, the notice must be served before the 30th or 31st of the current month to expire by the 30th or 31st of the next month.

  4. Lease Agreement: If there is a written lease, the notice period must adhere to the terms stated in the lease agreement. However, for commercial premises, the notice period is typically the same as for residential properties, but there may be exceptions.

For further assistance, you can contact or visit: Rent Assessment Board

  • Address: The Towers, 25 Dominica Drive, Kingston
  • Telephone: 906-4100 / 906-1765
  • Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Email: [email protected]

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need clarification.


The information provided in this guide is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. While we strive to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information presented, it is advisable to seek professional legal counsel or guidance specific to your situation. The Rent Assessment Board may have specific requirements or regulations that apply to individual cases, and it is essential to adhere to these guidelines accordingly. Jamaica Homes bears no responsibility for any actions taken based on the information provided in this guide.

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