Alabama 7 Day Notice to Quit

Last Updated: August 23, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Alabama 7 Day Notice to Quit is a legal instrument written by the landlord and served to the tenants for nonpayment of rent. This notice instructs the tenants to pay the balance due or vacate the premises within seven (7) judicial days (not counting weekends and legal holidays).

When to Use an Alabama 7 Day Notice to Quit

Use an Alabama 7-Day Notice to Quit to begin the eviction process if the tenant is late on rent (starting the day after it’s due), either in part or in full.

If the tenant is not late on rent, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:

  • 7 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate – If the tenant committed a safety/health violation, damaged property, failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner, refused to allow the landlord access to the premises, interfered with peace and enjoyment of other residents or any other violations of the lease terms or property rules.
  • 7 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant physically assaulted another person on the premises, manufactured or used illegal drugs, used or discharged a firearm, 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 has no written lease and pays rent monthly or to end a month-to-month tenancy.

How to Write an Alabama 7 Day Notice to Quit

The Alabama Seven (7) Day Notice to Quit for nonpayment of rent shall be completed as follows:

  1. Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
  2. Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
  3. Enter the amount of rent due and the date it became due;
  4. Include the total amount to be paid with late fees;
  5. Explain where the total amount due should be paid;
  6. Include date the total amount is due or the date the tenant must vacate the premises;
  7. Enter the date the notice is served;
  8. Landlord prints and signs notice;
  9. Landlord includes address and phone number.

How to Serve an Alabama 7 Day Notice to Quit

A landlord can deliver an Alabama Seven (7) Day Notice to Quit 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.

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