Oklahoma Immediate Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: March 14, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

An Oklahoma Immediate Notice To Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for criminal drug activity or threatening the health, safety or peaceful enjoyment of others. The tenant is not allowed an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out immediately upon receiving notice.

When To Use an Oklahoma Immediate Notice To Vacate

An Immediate Notice To Vacate begins the eviction process for the following tenant violations:

  • Presenting a danger to the premises
  • Involvement in criminal drug activity
  • Threatening the health, safety or peaceful enjoyment of others

Some types of Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Immediate Notice To Vacate

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

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the 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 Oklahoma Immediate Notice To Vacate

Oklahoma landlords may deliver a Notice To Vacate using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. If hand delivery to the tenant fails: Hand delivery to a person at least age 12 on the premises who can accept the notice on behalf of the tenant
  3. If hand delivery to anyone on the tenant’s premises fails: Posting to a conspicuous place on the premises, PLUS delivery by certified mail or by mailing through the Firm Mailing Book for Accountable Mail

To account for variable delivery times, mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days. A landlord may choose to deliver an Immediate Notice To Vacate on a day when the courthouse is open to begin eviction proceedings immediately, but this is not a legal requirement.

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.