Mississippi 3 Day Notice To Quit

Last Updated: March 21, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

Mississippi 3 Day Notice To Quit is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for nonpayment of rent. The tenant must pay the balance due or move out within three (3) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays) of receiving notice.

When To Use a Mississippi 3 Day Notice To Quit

A 3 Day Notice To Quit begins the eviction process when the tenant is late on rent. A landlord may deliver this notice when any portion of the rent remains unpaid, beginning the day after it’s normally due.

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 3 Day Notice To Quit

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

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy, and the payment necessary to avoid termination
  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 3 Day Notice To Quit

Mississippi law is not specific on how landlords must deliver an initial written Notice To Quit, 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.