How Long Do You Have to Move Out After Being Evicted?

In most cases, an eviction isn’t legally underway until you receive written notice from the landlord. From there, how long you have to move out varies by state and sometimes by the reason for the eviction.

For example, you might receive a notice to pay or vacate, a notice to comply with the lease or vacate, or a notice of tenancy termination. In some cases, each approach – or cited cause for the eviction – also has unique rules, outlining how much time the landlord has to provide you to move out.

Depending on where you live, the general timeline for moving out is three to 30 days after you receive the formal written notice. Additionally, you may technically get more time in some situations.

Often, the landlord has to provide the written notice and the associated number of days to move out. If you comply, that’s the end of the eviction matter. However, if you don’t, the landlord then has to seek a court order, and that doesn’t happen overnight.

If you intend to fight the eviction in court, you may have several more days or even weeks beyond the initial move-out timeline before that will occur. Whether you go this route may depend on whether the landlord was within their right to evict you. Additionally, whether you want to shoulder the burden of heading to court – including the potential costs associated with fighting the eviction or that may be charged as a result of an unfavorable judgment – could also play a role.

How Long You Have to Move Out After Being Evicted by State

StateTime to Move Out (Before Being Taken to Court)
Alabama7 business days
Alaska7 days
Arizona5 days
Arkansas3 days
California3 business days
Colorado10 days (5 days for “exempt residential agreement” single-family dwellings)
Connecticut9 days
Delaware5 days
District of Columbia30 days
Florida3 days
Georgia7 days
Hawaii5 days
Idaho3 days
Illinois5 days
Indiana10 days
Iowa3 days
Kansas3 days (or, if notice is mailed, 2 days from the mailing date)
Kentucky7 days
LouisianaLandlord can issue unconditional quit notice
Maine7 days
Maryland5 days notice for a court appearance, then 4 days to vacate
MassachusettsNumber of days listed in the lease or, if none is listed, 14 days
Michigan7 days
Minnesota14 days for tenancy at will, 30 days with a lease term of 20+ years
Mississippi3 days
MissouriLandlord can issue unconditional quit notice
Montana3 days
Nebraska7 days
Nevada5 days
New Hampshire7 days
New JerseyLandlord can issue unconditional quit notice
New Mexico3 days
New York14 days
North Carolina10 days
North Dakota3 days
OhioLandlord can issue unconditional quit notice
Oklahoma5 days
Oregon72 to 144 hours
Pennsylvania10 days
Rhode Island5 days
South Carolina5 days
South Dakota3 days
Tennessee14 days
Texas3 days unless otherwise specified in the lease
Utah3 business days
Vermont14 days
Virginia5 days
Washington14 days
West VirginiaLandlord can issue unconditional quit notice
Wisconsin5 to 30 days, depending on lease length
Wyoming3 days