Arkansas Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: August 27, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

An Arkansas eviction notice form is an official legal document provided to tenants instructing them to comply with the terms of the rental agreement or vacate the premises.  In Arkansas, eviction notices are delivered for unpaid rent, lease violations or illegal conduct on property.

Types of Arkansas Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds Curable?
3 Day Notice to Quit Unpaid Rent (Civil Action) No
10 Day Notice to Quit Unpaid Rent (Criminal Action) No
Immediate Notice to Vacate Illegal Conduct No
14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate  Lease Violation Yes
30 Day Notice to Vacate End of Lease / No Lease No

Arkansas 3 Day Notice to Quit

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An Arkansas 3 Day Notice to Quit is the most common legal form used by landlords for nonpayment of rent. The tenant must pay the rent within the five (5) calendar day grace period of the rent due date, otherwise it is considered late.

This notice instructs the tenant to vacate the premises within three (3) judicial days (not counting weekends and legal holidays). If the tenant does not move out of the rental unit on time, the landlord can pursue a civil eviction action, which includes unpaid rent and possession of the premises.

Arkansas 10 Day Notice to Quit

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An Arkansas 10 Day Notice to Quit is a criminal eviction action for nonpayment of rent. This notice may be served if the tenant has not paid rent within the five (5) calendar day grace period of the date rent is due.

The tenant is given ten (10) judicial days (not counting weekends and legal holidays) to move out. If the tenant refuses to vacate the premises by the end of the notice period, the tenant shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and incur a daily fine assessed by the court upon conviction.

Arkansas Immediate Notice to Vacate

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An Arkansas Immediate Notice to Vacate form is provided to tenants for illegal conduct on the premises. The notice instructs the tenant that the tenancy is terminated and the tenant must vacate the premises immediately. If the landlord chooses to serve this notice on a judicial day (a day when the courthouse is open), the eviction proceedings can begin the same day the notice is served, but this is not required.

Arkansas 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate

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An Arkansas 14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate eviction notice form is used for lease violations. Some examples of lease violations include not keeping the rental unit in a clean and sanitary condition, committing property damage or refusing to allow the landlord access to the rental unit. The tenant is given the opportunity to remedy the breach within fourteen (14) calendar days to remain at the premises, otherwise the tenant must move out before the end of the notice period.

Arkansas 30 Day Notice to Vacate

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An Arkansas 30 Day Notice to Vacate is a lease termination letter served by either party to terminate a month-to-month tenancy or for tenants with no written lease that pay rent monthly. The notice must be provided at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the end of the following rental period.

How to Write an Eviction Notice in Arkansas      

For an eviction notice to be legally compliant:

  1. List tenants’ full names;
  2. List full address;
  3. Include grounds for eviction;
  4. Calculate and include termination date;
  5. Include date notice served;
  6. The landlord’s signature and printed name; and
  7. The landlord’s address and telephone number.

Without this information on the notice, a judge may not be able to proceed with an eviction proceeding and the landlord’s case may be dismissed.

How to Calculate Expiration Date in Arkansas

An eviction notice takes effect the day after it is served in Arkansas. There is one exception, the Immediate Notice to Vacate, which takes effect immediately. If the notice period is less than fourteen (14) days, weekends and legal holidays are not included, so only judicial days may be counted. If the notice period is fourteen (14) days or longer, all days are counted in the period, including weekends and legal holidays.

Regardless of the notice period length, if the last day falls on a weekend or legal holiday, then the notice period will not officially expire until the end of the next judicial day when the clerk’s office is open.

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How to Serve an Eviction Notice in Arkansas  

A landlord can deliver notices in Arkansas using any of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.

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