Nebraska 7-Day Notice to Quit for Non-Payment of Rent

Last Updated: March 16, 2023.

About this Form Set
This form set includes a legally compliant 7-day notice that informs the tenant of the landlord's intention to terminate the lease if the tenant fails to pay the past due rent in full. It also includes a set of instructions.

The document set has been professionally created to comply with the requirements outlined in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-1431(2) within the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 76-1401 – 76-1449). This notice serves as the first step in the eviction process and demands that the tenant pay the full amount of past due rent within seven (7) days, or face termination of the lease. The notice form is a standard, fillable PDF document that can be easily typed into and can be downloaded instantly after purchase.
Compliance with Lease Agreement Terms for Notice Delivery

Before delivering the notice to the tenant, landlords must ensure that the lease agreement terms do not grant the tenant additional rights beyond the minimum requirements set by Nebraska law. The lease agreement may specify additional requirements for the landlord’s delivery of notice of nonpayment of rent, such as a more extended notice period than the seven (7) day minimum specified by Nebraska law. Landlords should review the relevant lease provisions carefully to ensure compliance with all requirements for providing the notice to the tenant. Failure to comply with lease terms may result in the notice’s invalidation and delay the eviction process.

Essential Elements for the Notice

Before a landlord can file for eviction, the landlord must provide the tenant with a notice to quit that complies with Neb. Rev. Stat. § 76-1431(2) and the lease agreement. Unless the lease agreement imposes additional requirements, the notice must satisfy the following five (5) requirements:

  1. The notice must be in writing.
  2. The notice must specify that the rent is unpaid when due.
  3. The notice must state the amount of rent due.
  4. The notice must specify that the tenant has seven (7) calendar days to pay the rent from the date of the notice.
  5. The notice must notify the tenant of the landlord's intention to terminate the rental agreement if the rent is not paid within seven (7) calendar days after receipt of the notice.

Serving the Notice

When providing notice to quit to a tenant in Nebraska, landlords should note that the state does not require a specific type of service for such notices. However, customary means of service, such as in-person delivery, mail delivery, or posting the notice on the residence door, are all acceptable. Landlords should take reasonable steps to help ensure that the tenant receives the notice in a timely manner. To that extent, it is highly recommended to use in-person delivery or securely post the notice on the residence's main entry door (for example, by taping it on all four corners). The notice is considered effective on the date of delivery or posting.

While U.S. mail delivery is an acceptable option for delivering the notice to the tenant, it is not recommended as the sole means of delivery because of the potential for delay in delivery and the time sensitivity of the notice. To that end, mail delivery should only supplement in-person delivery or door posting. If the notice is sent by registered or certified mail, the landlord should send a second copy by regular mail on the same date to help ensure timely delivery to the tenant. Registered or certified mail can help to provide documented evidence of the landlord's effort to provide the notice to the tenant.