Arkansas Immediate Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: April 8, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Arkansas Immediate Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for illegal conduct on the premises, such as promoting prostitution, illegally selling alcohol, or possessing illegal drugs. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out immediately upon receiving notice.

When To Use an Arkansas Immediate Notice To Vacate

An Arkansas Immediate Notice to Vacate begin the eviction process against a tenant who has committed one of the following violations:

  • Engagement in or promotion of prostitution
  • Engagement in or promotion of gambling
  • Involvement in the illegal sale of alcohol
  • Possession, sale, or storage of illegal drugs
  • Permitting a public nuisance on the premises

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 Immediate Notice To Vacate

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

    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
    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 Immediate Notice To Vacate

      Arkansas landlords may deliver an Immediate Notice To Vacate on a “judicial day” (a day when the courthouse is open) in order to immediately file a court action after delivering the notice, but this is not required by law. Delivery may be 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.