Arkansas 10 Day Notice To Quit

Last Updated: April 8, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Arkansas 10 Day Notice To Quit is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to begin a criminal eviction against a tenant for nonpayment of rent. The tenant must pay the balance due or move out within ten (10) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays) of receiving notice.

When To Use an Arkansas 10 Day Notice To Quit

An Arkansas 10 Day Notice To Quit begins a criminal eviction process when some or all of the rent remains unpaid after the standard five (5) day grace period after rent is normally due. The tenant must pay all rent and proven monetary damages in order to obtain a favorable judgment. Otherwise, the tenant will be guilty of a misdemeanor and will incur daily fines.

Some types of Arkansas 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 Arkansas 10 Day Notice to Quit

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

  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, and the payment amount necessary to avoid termination
  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 Arkansas 10 Day Notice To Quit

Arkansas landlords may deliver an initial written Notice To Quit by any method which effectively brings the information to the tenant’s attention. The law presumes the following methods are valid:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Delivery by registered or certified mail to the tenant’s address of record or (if unknown) last known residence

Proof of mailing does not prove the other party’s receipt of notice. To account for variable delivery times, mailed notice extends a notice period by three (3) calendar days.

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.