Alabama 7 Day Notice to Vacate

Last Updated: August 23, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Alabama 7 Day Notice to Vacate is a legal eviction letter served to the tenant for an incurable breach of the lease, such as illegal use of a deadly weapon or committing physical assault. The tenant must move out within seven (7) judicial days (not counting weekends and legal holidays).

When to Use an Alabama 7 Day Notice to Vacate

Use a 7-Day Notice to Vacate to begin the eviction process in Alabama:

  • If the tenant physically assaulted another person on premises.
  • If the tenant is involved in the manufacture or use of illegal drugs.
  • If the tenant used or discharged a firearm or other deadly weapon on the premises.
  • If the tenant intentionally misrepresented information on a rental application.
  • If the tenant repeated the same or a similar lease violation within a 6-month period.

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 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.
  • 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 Vacate

The Alabama Seven (7) Day Notice to Vacate form 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. Specify the serious lease violation;
  4. Include any balance due;
  5. Write the date the tenancy shall terminate;
  6. Enter the date the notice is served;
  7. Landlord prints name and signs notice;
  8. Landlord includes address and phone number.

How to Serve an Alabama 7 Day Notice to Vacate

A landlord can deliver a Seven (7) Day Notice to Vacate 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.