Alabama Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: December 21, 2021 by Elizabeth Souza

An Alabama eviction notice form for nonpayment of rent is a written document that states a tenant has 7 days to pay the rent or to vacate the premises. Additionally, there are other notice forms for other possible grounds for eviction in Alabama.

Types of Alabama Eviction Notices

Each possible ground for eviction has its own notice type. Some notices allow the tenant to fix (“cure”) the issue and continue the tenancy, while others simply state an amount of time to vacate by.

Grounds Time Curable?
Unpaid Rent 7-Day Yes
Lease Violation 7-Day Yes
Misleading Information 7-Day No
Lease Termination 7/30-Day No
Health/Safety Violation 7-Day Yes
Illegal Activity 7-Day No

7-Day Notice to Pay (Nonpayment of Rent)

In Alabama, rent is considered late the day after it’s due. Grace periods (if any) are addressed in the rental agreement or lease.

Once rent is past due, the landlord must provide tenants with a 7-Day Notice to Pay prior to filing an eviction action with the court. This notice gives the tenant the option to pay the past due amount in full within 7 business days, to avoid eviction.

If the tenant does not pay the rent due by the end of the notice period and remains on the property, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent should include the total amount of past-due rent owed.

Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent form template below (.pdf direct link).

7-Day Notice to Cure or Vacate (Non-Compliance)

A tenant can be evicted in Alabama if they do not uphold their responsibilities under the terms of a written lease or rental agreement.

Alabama landlords are required to provide tenants with a 7-Day Notice to Comply, allowing tenants 7 days to correct the issue or move out of the rental unit.

Typical lease violations could include things like damaging the rental property, having too many people residing in the rental unit, or having a pet when there’s a no-pet policy.

However, if a tenant commits a second violation of the rental agreement or lease within six months of the first violation, and it’s for the same type of issue, Alabama landlords are not required to give the tenant an opportunity to correct the violation prior to eviction.

If the tenant has not corrected the violation within the notice period, the landlord may continue with the eviction process.

The notice should include:

  • The specific lease violation(s).
  • The remedy the tenant can perform to cure the violation.
  • The date the lease will terminate if the violation is not corrected within the deadline.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires without correcting the violation, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

Get the downloadable 7-Day Notice to Comply form template below (.pdf direct link).

7-Day Notice to Quit (Providing False / Misleading Information on Lease / Rental Application)

In the state of Alabama, if tenants intentionally include false or misleading information on a rental agreement or a rental application, the landlord has the right to evict the tenant.

In this situation, tenants are not allowed to remedy the issue in any way. The tenant must be provided with a 7-Day Notice to Quit, giving the tenant 7 business days to move out.

The notice should include the specific false or misleading information the tenant is being evicted for.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period has expired, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice For Providing False/Misleading Information form template below (.pdf direct link).

7/30-Day Lease Termination Notice (No Lease/ End of Lease)

Under Alabama law, landlords must give week-to-week tenants 7 days’ written notice if they want to terminate the lease, or 30 days’ written notice for monthly tenants.

Typically, in a lease termination the tenant has not violated the rental agreement or lease and the landlord simply doesn’t want to renew the rental period for another term.

The notice should include the date by which the tenant must move out of the rental unit.

Get the downloadable 7-Day Lease Termination Notice Form template below (.pdf direct link).

Get the downloadable 30-Day Lease Termination form template below (.pdf direct link).

7-Day Notice to Cure or Vacate (Material Health / Safety Violation)

A tenant can be evicted in Alabama if they violate a health, building, safety, or housing code. In these instances, the landlord is required to provide the tenant with a 7-Day Notice to Comply, giving the tenant 7 business days to correct the issue.

Examples of material health/safety violations could include letting trash pile up inside the rental unit, providing a harbor for rodents or bugs, or even things like damaging the electrical wiring in the rental unit.

The notice should include:

  • The specific material health/safety violation committed by the tenant.
  • The remedy the tenant can perform to cure the issue.
  • The date the lease will terminate if the violation is not corrected within the deadline.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires without correcting the violation, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Material Health/Safety Violation form template below (.pdf direct link).

7-Day Notice to Quit (Illegal Activity)

Tenants who are involved in illegal activities must be provided with a 7-Day Notice to Quit, giving tenants  7 days to move out of the rental unit.

Illegal activity includes:

  • Criminal assault.
  • Illegally using, manufacturing, importing, possessing, furnishing, or discharging a firearm on the rental property.
  • Manufacturing, cultivating, importing, transporting, possessing, furnishing, administering or using illegal drugs.

In the case of criminal activity, tenants do not have the option to correct the issue to avoid eviction.

Get the downloadable 7-Day Eviction Notice for Illegal Activity form template below (.pdf direct link).

What to Include in Alabama Eviction Notices

Under Alabama law, a landlord is expected to provide some basic information on all eviction notices, including:

  • The date the tenancy will terminate.
  • The reason for the eviction.
  • That the rental agreement is being terminated.
  • What the tenant can do to correct the issue and avoid eviction (if applicable) such as pay rent, comply with lease provisions, or fix damage to unit caused by the tenant.
  • How much time the tenant has to correct the issue (if applicable).

It’s also a good idea to include the tenant’s name and contact information (if known) just to be sure the correct person receives the notice.

The landlord may also want to obtain the tenant’s signature confirming that they received the eviction notice, if the notice was hand delivered.

In addition, the landlord should keep the receipt if the notice was delivered by certified mail.

Delivering Eviction Notices in Alabama

Alabama state law doesn’t specify how landlords must deliver an eviction notice to their tenants. Generally, notices are provided to tenants by the following delivery methods:

  • Give the notice to the tenant in person; and
  • Mail the notice to the tenant’s last known address via certified mail.

This way, the landlord has proof that the notice was delivered to the tenant.

Eviction Process in Alabama

  1. An eviction notice is posted to vacate or “cure” the issue.
  2. If the tenant does not cure the issue or does not vacate when required to do so, a complaint is filed and served by the landlord with the court.
  3. A Summons and Complaint is served to the tenant by the court.
  4. An answer is filed.
  5. A hearing is held, and judgment issued.
  6. If an eviction is granted, a Writ of Execution is posted at the property, giving a final notice to the tenant to remove their personal belongings.
  7. Finally, the sheriff returns possession of property to landlord.

To learn more about the eviction process in Alabama, click here.

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