Last Updated: January 29, 2023.

About this Form Set

This form set is a legally-compliant 3-Day Notice to Quit Possession for use in Connecticut, complete with instructions, an affidavit of service, and an acknowledgment of service form by the tenant upon personal delivery. The documents have been professionally crafted to meet the requirements outlined in Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 47a-23 et seq. This notice letter serves as the first step in the eviction process, giving the tenant the option to either pay all past-due rent within the time frame specified in the notice or to vacate the premises. The form letter is a standard, unlocked Microsoft Word document, reusable, customizable to fit your specific situation, and can be downloaded immediately after purchase.
Step-by-Step Guide for Serving a 3-Day Notice to Quit for Non-Payment of Rent in Connecticut

  • Step 1: Read the lease.
    Before giving notice to quit to the tenant, the landlord must check the tenant's lease agreement to see if it requires a longer period of time or a different process for the tenant to pay past-due rent than the minimum three (3) days required by Connecticut law. If the lease requires a longer wait period or different terms before the landlord can start the eviction process, the notice to the tenant must reflect that number of days or follow that different procedure.
  • Step 2: Prepare the notice to quit.
    The notice to quit must state the date the rent was due and unpaid, the amount of rent owed, and that the tenant has three days to vacate the property or legal action may be taken. The notice should comply with the provisions of Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 47a-23, 47a-23b, and 47a-15a.
  • Step 3: Choose a method of service.
    A duplicate of the notice to quit must be delivered to each lessee or occupant, left at their place of residence. Delivery of the notice may be made on any day of the week.
  • Step 4: Engage a proper officer or indifferent person.
    The notice must be delivered by a proper officer or indifferent person. A proper officer could be a constable, sheriff, or other officer authorized to serve legal process. Someone not a party to the case and over the age of 18 qualifies as an indifferent person.
  • Step 5: Serve the notice.
    Before serving the notice to quit, the landlord must allow for a nine (9) day waiting period in accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. § 47a-15a, during which time the tenant may pay the overdue rent. The notice may then be served through personal delivery, first-class mail, or by securely posting or tacking a duplicate of the notice on a conspicuous location on the property, such as the main entrance door. If the notice is served by mail, it must be mailed to the tenant's last known address by first-class mail and proof of mailing must be obtained. Delivery of notice may be made on any day of the week. All named tenants and occupants must be served a copy of the notice.
  • Step 6: Wait for three days.
    After the notice has been served, the tenant has three (3) days to vacate the property. If the tenant fails to vacate the property within three (3) days, the landlord may proceed with eviction.
  • Step 7: File a complaint for eviction.
    The landlord must file a complaint for eviction with the Connecticut Superior Court located within the geographical area in which the rental property is located.
  • Step 8: Attend the court hearing.
    The court will schedule a hearing to hear the evidence regarding the eviction complaint and afford the tenant a chance to contest the eviction. The landlord must attend the hearing and show that the nonpayment of rent and the notice to quit were properly served on the tenant. If the court issues a ruling favoring the landlord, the court will issue a judgment for eviction.