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:
- Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
- Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
- Specify the serious lease violation;
- Include any balance due;
- Write the date the tenancy shall terminate;
- 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 Vacate
A landlord can deliver a Seven (7) Day Notice to Vacate in Alabama 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.