An Arkansas 3 Day Notice to Quit is the most common legal eviction document used by landlords for the nonpayment of rent. This notice instructs the tenant to move out within three (3) judicial days (not counting weekends or legal holidays), otherwise the landlord can pursue a civil eviction action.
When to Use an Arkansas 3 Day Notice to Quit
Use a 3-Day Notice to Quit to begin the eviction process in Arkansas 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.
However, in court at the final adjudication, if the tenant does not owe rent or damages, the judge will issue a judgment in favor of the tenant.
If the above is not 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.
- 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.
- 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate – If the tenant failed to maintain the premises in a clean and sanitary manner (health/safety violation), refused to allow the landlord access, damaged property, or violated any other terms of the lease or property rules (tenants are given the opportunity to remedy the violation or default).
- 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 3 Day Notice to Quit
The Three (3) Day Notice to Quit form shall be completed as follows:
- Write all adult tenants’ names (do not include minors);
- Fill in the complete address of the rental premises;
- Enter the amount of rent due and the date it became due;
- Fill in late fees owed;
- Include the total balance due of rent and late fees;
- Enter the date the total amount is due or the date the tenant must vacate the premises;
- 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 3 Day Notice to Quit
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.