An Arkansas 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate is a formal eviction document served to the tenant for a violation of the lease, such as damaging property or violating health/safety rules. The tenant can correct the lease violation or move out of the rental unit within fourteen (14) calendar days.
When to Use an Arkansas 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate
Use a 14-Day Notice to Comply or Vacate to begin the eviction process in Arkansas:
- If the tenant failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner (health/safety violation).
- If the tenant refused to allow the landlord access to the premises.
- If the tenant damaged property.
- If the tenant violated any other terms of the lease or property rules.
If none of the above are true, use one of the below forms to evict a tenant:
- 10 Day Notice to Quit – If the tenant is late on rent (if rent is not paid within the five (5) day grace period of the day rent is due), either in part or in full. This notice is for a criminal eviction action, which includes unpaid rent, possession of the premises, criminal charges against the tenant and a daily fine if they refuse to vacate.
- 3 Day Notice to Quit – If the tenant is late on rent (if rent is not paid within the five (5) day grace period of the day rent is due), either in part or in full. This notice is for a civil eviction action, which includes pursuing the rent balance due and possession of the premises.
- Immediate Notice to Vacate – If the tenant is engaged in or promoted prostitution or gambling, is involved in the illegal sale of alcohol, possessed, sold or stored illegal drugs or permitted a common nuisance.
- 30 Day Notice to Vacate – If the tenant or the 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 Arkansas 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate
The 14 Day Notice to Comply or 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 breach of rules or the lease;
- Indicate if the tenant can fix the violation and what date the breach must be corrected or the date the tenant must vacate the premises;
- Include the balance due, if applicable;
- Enter the date the notice is served;
- Landlord prints name and signs notice;
- Landlord includes their full address and phone number.
How to Serve an Arkansas 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate
A landlord can deliver notices in Arkansas using any of the below acceptable methods:
- Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
- Handing the notice to the tenant’s family member, over the age of eighteen (18) AND mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt;
- Mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt.
When sending the notice by certified or registered mail, add three (3) additional calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.