Many landlords go into business renting out properties with high hopes. They might even assume that there will be very few costs associated with the process and that their renters will always follow the terms of the lease.

However, it is simply an unfortunate fact that this just isn’t always the case. Instead, as a landlord, you may find yourself wondering how to evict a tenant and how long does it take to evict a tenant in New Jersey. Unfortunately, it isn’t a process that is easily managed by yourself.


One of the problems with determining any kind of timeline for an eviction is that it depends on factors such as the reason for the eviction and the type of rental unit involved. For example, when tenants don’t pay their rent, you may be able to proceed right to filing an eviction notice. However, if the tenant is presenting disorderly conduct, you have to first serve a notice to cease, followed by a notice to quit, and then finally the eviction notice itself.

Below are some other reasons you may want to evict a tenant for their conduct, any of which may affect how long it takes to evict:

  • Destruction of property where the rental property itself is being damaged by the tenant
  • Failure to comply with the terms of the lease
  • Denial of lease renewal based on experience with renting to the tenants in the past

Naturally, there are many other reasons you might need to evict a tenant. Sometimes the evictions have nothing at all to do with the tenants in question, but there are still procedures in place that must be followed according to the law.


The fewer notices you have to present, the shorter amount of time the eviction will take. In many cases, renters often leave the property after they receive a notice to quit. It helps if they are aware that they could be held responsible for legal expenses if the eviction process must proceed through the court.

However, evictions are rarely easy or quick. Our attorneys can examine the details of your case and give you an idea of the timeline you can expect. Evictions in New Jersey can range from a couple of weeks to six months—possibly even years in certain cases. Although it is very rare for the timeline to extend beyond this, it is possible, and you will need a qualified legal team to help you manage the eviction in the most efficient way possible.


If you are a landlord needing to evict a tenant, it’s best to get started now rather than later. Although there is no guaranteed timeline for how long an eviction could take, waiting or overlooking critical steps of the process will only make the process longer.

To find out how we can help, contact Jean Baptiste & Associates by calling our office or completing the form at the bottom of this page. The consultation is free and carries no obligation, so get started today!