Alabama 7 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 4, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Alabama 7 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to evict a tenant for an “incurable” breach of the lease (one where the tenant isn’t allowed to take corrective action), such as illegal use of a deadly weapon or committing physical assault. The tenant must move out within seven (7) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends and legal holidays) of receiving notice.

When To Use an Alabama 7 Day Notice To Vacate

An Alabama 7 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Physically assaulting another person on the premises
  • Involvement in the manufacture or use of illegal drugs
  • Using or discharging a firearm or other deadly weapon on the premises
  • Intentionally misrepresenting information on a rental application
  • Repeating the same or a similar lease violation within a 6-month period after receiving an initial notice of noncompliance

Some types of Alabama lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

    How To Write an Alabama 7 Day Notice To Vacate

    To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

    1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
    2. Specify the basis upon which the tenancy will terminate
    3. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
    4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
    5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
    6. Print name and sign the notice
    7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

    It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

    How To Serve an Alabama 7 Day Notice To Vacate

    Alabama landlords may deliver a termination notice using any of these methods:

    1. Hand delivery to the tenant
    2. Delivery by mail to the tenant’s last known address, with adequate prepaid postage (considered delivered three days after mailing)

    These requirements only apply to an initial notice of termination (for example, an initial Notice To Quit for nonpayment of rent). Once the landlord is actually filing an eviction in court, notice of the court case must be served by someone authorized to serve official process under Alabama law. Mailed notice of a court case is only acceptable after official service of process fails.

    In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.