Always a model tenant, Jan was a quiet neighbor and rarely complained. She was sometimes a few days late with the rent, but the long-time owner was easy-going, not even charging a late fee. That changed when the building sold, and the new owner was less forgiving. A month after the sale, Jan came home to find a document taped to her front door. The document, "Three Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit," seemed a bit far-fetched. Three days? She assumed it was a casual request and mailed a check a few days later. When her rent check arrived past the three-day limit, the new owner filed an eviction action–and won. By not paying within the three-day limit, the judge ruled that the new owner had "just cause" for eviction. In more than 22 states in the U.S., tenants have little or no grace pe...
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