An Alabama 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate is a legal eviction document delivered to the tenant for a curable breach of the lease, such as damaging property. The tenant has the right to correct the violation or move out within seven (7) judicial days (not counting weekends and legal holidays).
When to Use an Alabama 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate
Use a 7-Day Notice to Comply or Vacate to begin the eviction process in Alabama:
- If the tenant committed a safety/health violation.
- If the tenant damaged property.
- If the tenant failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner.
- If the tenant refused the landlord access to the premises.
- If the tenant interfered with peace and enjoyment of other residents.
If none of the above are true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:
- 7 Day Notice to Quit -If the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full.
- 7 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant physically assaulted another person on premises, manufactured or used illegal drugs, used or discharged a firearm or other deadly weapon, intentionally misrepresented information on the rental application or repeated the same or a similar lease violation within a 6-month period.
- 30 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant or landlord is terminating a rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease. This letter may also be used for tenants with no written lease that pay rent monthly or for tenants with an expired lease.
How to Write an Alabama 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate
The Alabama Seven (7) Day Notice to Comply or Vacate form shall be completed as follows:
- Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
- Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
- Specify the lease violation;
- Include any balance due;
- Write the date the violation must be corrected by or the date tenancy shall terminate if tenant does not comply;
- Enter the date the notice is served;
- Landlord prints name and signs notice;
- Landlord includes address and phone number.
How to Serve an Alabama 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate
A landlord can deliver an Alabama Seven (7) Day Notice to Comply or Vacate using any of the below acceptable methods:
- Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
- 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;
- 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.