How to Serve an Eviction Notice in Oklahoma

How to Serve an Eviction Notice in Oklahoma

Last Updated: March 28, 2023 by Marnie Snyder

In Oklahoma, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in Oklahoma?

In Oklahoma, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in Oklahoma?

In Oklahoma, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day. Landlords may choose to deliver an immediate notice to vacate on a day when the courthouse is open to file an eviction proceeding immediately, but this is not required by law.

For a 5 Day Notice to Quit for nonpayment of rent, the eviction notice for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time, a landlord can serve notice the day after rent is due. There is no legal grace period for paying rent in Oklahoma, rent is late starting the day after it’s due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Oklahoma

A landlord can deliver notices in Oklahoma using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a family member of the tenant, over 12 years of age AND mailing the notice by certified mail with a return receipt;
  3. Posting the notice to a conspicuous place at the premises AND mailing the notice by certified mail with a return receipt.

When sending the notice by certified mail, add three (3) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.

Obtaining Proof of Service in Oklahoma 

Landlords can show proof that the notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.
  • Posting at the Premises – by taking a photograph and completing a Declaration of Service.
  • Certified Mail – return receipt and completing a Declaration of Service.

Oklahoma Eviction & Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
5 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
15 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
Immediate Notice to Vacate Eviction for Illegal Activity
7 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Weekly Lease
30 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Monthly / Yearly Lease

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