Don’t Assume Owner Is Correct If You Must Cure

When you get a notice to cure—a document that informs you of an alleged lease violation and gives you an opportunity to correct it—you'll want to act quickly or your lease could get cancelled. But don't act so quickly that you don't carefully analyze the notice first to make sure that it's accurate.

For example, if the notice contains inaccuracies about how much back rent you actually owe, a court might rule that the notice is defective—that is, the notice lacks the information you need to get compliant with your lease. It won't get you completely off the hook—if the first notice is dismissed by the court, expect a second, more accurate notice to follow from the owner. But the delay will give you more time to cure the lease violation if you can.