Mississippi 14 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 21, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Mississippi 14 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter that complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for repeating a lease violation within six (6) months of the first notice of noncompliance. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving notice.

When To Use a Mississippi 14 Day Notice To Vacate

A Mississippi 14 Day Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process in Mississippi when tenant repeats a substantially same or similar lease violation within a six (6) month period of getting a previous notice of noncompliance for the same issue.

For a first-time lease violation, the 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate should be used instead.

Some types of Mississippi 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 a Mississippi 14 Day 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 a Mississippi 14 Day Notice To Vacate

Mississippi law is not specific on how landlords must deliver an initial written Notice To Vacate, so any method that results in actual notice will be valid. The following methods, drawn from formal service of process under state law, represent the legal gold standard:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. Hand delivery to the tenant’s spouse or a member of the tenant’s family over age 16 on the premises, PLUS delivery by first class mail with postage prepaid
  3. Delivery by first class mail, with postage prepaid and a declaration of service in a return envelope, postage prepaid
  4. Delivery by electronic notice (email or text message), if the tenant has agreed in writing to accept notice through this method

Mailed notice extends a notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

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.