Arkansas Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: December 22, 2021 by Elizabeth Souza

An Arkansas eviction notice form for nonpayment of rent is a written document that states a tenant has either 3 days or 10 days to vacate the premises, depending on whether the landlord is filing a civil or criminal action against the tenant.

Additionally, there are other notice forms for other possible grounds for eviction in Arkansas.

Types of Arkansas Eviction

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 3/10-Day No
Lease Violation 14-Day Yes
Material Health/Safety Violation 14-Day Yes
Lease Termination 7/30-Day No
NOTES

Illegal Activity. Landlords are not required to provide tenants involved in illegal activity with written notice prior to beginning the eviction process, meaning the summons for the eviction hearing could be the only notice tenants get that they are being evicted. Illegal activity includes prostitution, illegal gambling, illegal sale of alcohol, criminal offenses and nuisances.

3/10-Day Notice to Quit (Nonpayment of Rent)

A landlord is allowed to evict a tenant for failing to pay rent on time.

According to Arkansas law, rent is considered late if it’s not paid within 5 days of the due date.

Once rent is past due, the landlord has two options, depending on whether they intend to pursue a civil unlawful detainer action against the tenant, or a criminal eviction action against the tenant.

For a civil action, the landlord must provide tenants with a 3-Day Notice to Quit if the landlord wants to file an eviction action with the court. This notice gives the tenant 3 days to move out of the rental unit.

For a criminal action, the landlord must provide tenants with a 10-Day Notice to Quit, giving the tenant 10 days to move out of the rental unit.

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

For both civil and criminal evictions, the Notice for Nonpayment of Rent should include the date the tenant must move out of the rental unit and a demand for possession of the rental property.

Get the downloadable 3-Day Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent (Civil) form template below (.pdf direct link).

Get the downloadable 10-Day Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent (Criminal) form template below (.pdf direct link).

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

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

Arkansas landlords must provide tenants with a 14-Day Notice to Comply, giving tenants 14 days to correct the issue to avoid eviction.

Typical lease violations under this category could include things like damaging the rental property, having too many people residing in the rental unit, having a pet when there’s a no-pet policy, and material health/safety violations.

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

The notice must include:

  • The specific lease violation(s).
  • What the tenant can do to remedy the violation.
  • The date the lease will terminate if the tenant doesn’t comply within the deadline.

Get the downloadable 14-Day Eviction Notice for Noncompliance form template below (.pdf direct link).

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

A tenant can be evicted in Arkansas if they violate a health, building, safety, or housing code. In these instances, the landlord is required to provide the tenant with a 14-Day Notice to Comply, giving the tenant 14 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.

If the tenant fails to correct the issue and remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The notice must include:

  • The specific health/safety violation(s).
  • What the tenant can do to remedy the violation.
  • The date the lease will terminate if the tenant doesn’t comply within the deadline.

Get the downloadable 14-Day Eviction Notice for Material Health / Safety Violation form template below (.pdf direct link).

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

In the state of Arkansas, if tenants “hold over,” or stay in the rental unit after the rental term has expired, then the landlord must give tenants notice before evicting them. This can include tenants without a written lease and week-to-week and month-to-month tenants.

Often this type of eviction applies to tenants who are at the end of their lease and the landlord doesn’t want to renew.

If rent is paid on a week-to-week basis, a landlord must provide the tenant with 7 days’ written notice if they want to terminate the lease, or 30 days’ written notice for monthly tenants.

The notice should include the date the tenancy will terminate.

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

Get the downloadable 7/30-Day Lease Termination Notice form template below (.pdf direct link).

What to Include in Arkansas Eviction Notices

The information required on an eviction notice varies depending on the reason for the eviction and is addressed under each eviction type in this article.

Although the specific notice requirements vary, it’s a good idea to ensure that the notice includes the name and contact information of the person being evicted, just to be sure the correct person receives the notice.

The landlord will also want to get 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 number if the notice was delivered by certified/registered mail.

Delivering Eviction Notices in Arkansas

In the state of Arkansas, landlords can deliver an eviction notice by:

  • Giving it to the tenant in person; or
  • Mailing the notice to the tenant via certified or registered mail.

The notice can be mailed to the tenant’s last known address if a current address is unknown.

Eviction Process in Arkansas

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

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

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