The Connecticut eviction notice forms are used when there is a tenant in possession of a landlord’s property who is either in breach of the lease or whose rental term is ending and not being renewed. In Connecticut, before a landlord is allowed to evict a tenant, he or she must provide Notice to Quit to the tenant letting them know of the breach or the end of the lease and requesting that the tenant vacate the premises. If the tenant fails to vacate, the landlord must file a Summons and either a Complaint for Lapse of Time or a Complaint for Non-Payment of Rent with The Court and include a fee in the amount of $175.
Types of Notices
3-Day Notice to Quit Possession (Non-Payment & Non-Compliance) – According to § 47a-23, requires the tenant to fix the issue, whether it is for not paying rent on time or another type of lease violation, within three (3) days.
Month to Month Notice to Quit (30-Day Notice) – Connecticut law does not specify an exact amount of time required for cancelling a lease, therefore the landlord and tenant should view their signed agreement.
When is Rent Late?
In Connecticut, rent is due on the date specified in the rental agreement, however, a landlord may not charge a late fee until 9 days after rent is due. (Sec. 47a-15a)
How to Evict (Process)
Step 1 – Landlord must provide notice to the tenant to quit the premises. Notice must be served by a process server. If tenant fails to quit within three days of notice, the landlord may move to the next step.
Step 2 – If Tenant fails to respond satisfactorily within the time allowed, Landlord has the option of filing an action in the Housing Session of the Connecticut Superior Court in the county in which the property is located. The documents to be filled out and filed with the court are as follows:
- Complaint for lapse of time or a Complaint for Non-Payment of Rent
- Copy of Notice to Quit and Return of Service
Landlord will have to pay the fee of $175 to the court as well.
Step 3 – Once the forms have been filed with the court, the clerk will assign a return date. You must have copies of all the documents served on the tenant by a process server and return the Service of process to the court four days before the return date.
Step 4 – If the Tenant fails to respond within two days after the return date, the Landlord may file a motion for default judgment. If the Tenant failed to respond, then the landlord can file a Motion for Default Judgment for Failure to Appear. If the Tenant fails to answer the complaint, the landlord can file Motion for Default Judgment for Failure to Plead.