How to Serve Eviction & Lease Termination Notices in Alabama

How to Serve Eviction & Lease Termination Notices in Alabama

Last Updated: August 23, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

In Alabama, 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 Notices in Alabama?

In Alabama, 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 Notices Be Served in Alabama?

In Alabama, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day. A landlord may choose to serve eviction notices on judicial days since weekends and legal holidays are not counted in the notice period.

For a 7 Day Notice to Quit, the eviction notice used 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 grace period for paying rent in Alabama. Rent is late starting the day after it is due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in Alabama

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

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Handing the notice to a person of suitable age and discretion at the property AND mailing the notice by first class mail with a certificate of mailing or certified mail with a return receipt;
  3. Posting the notice in a conspicuous place at the premises, such as the entry door, AND mailing the notice by first class mail with a certificate of mailing or certified mail with a return receipt.

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

Obtaining Proof of Service in Alabama

A landlord can demonstrate proof that a notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.
  • First Class or Certified Mail – via return receipt and by completing a Declaration of Service after mailing.
  • Posting at the premises – by taking a photograph and completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.

Alabama Eviction & Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
7 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
7 Day Notice to Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
7 Day Notice to Terminate Tenancy Ending a Weekly Lease
30 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Monthly Lease

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