An Arkansas eviction notice is a legally binding document a landlord gives to a tenant to begin removing them from a rental property due to a violation of one or more lease terms. Your notice must be written according to Arkansas state law and give your tenant the legally required time to respond or move out.
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Eviction Laws & Requirements
- Eviction Lawsuit: Eviction Proceedings and Unlawful Detainer (Arkansas Code §§ 18-17-901-913 and §§ 18-60-301-312).
- Grace Period for Rent Payment: 5 days (Arkansas Code § 18-17-701(b)).
- Late or Non-Rent Payment Notice: 3 days (Arkansas Code § 18-60-304(3)).
- Notice of Non-Compliance: 14 days (Arkansas Code § 18-17-701(a)).
- Lease Termination (Month-to-Month): 30 days (Arkansas Code § 18-17-704).
How to Evict a Tenant in Arkansas
In Arkansas, eviction lawsuits are governed by Title 18, Subtitle 2, Chapter 17, Subchapter 9 (Arkansas Residential Landlord-Tenant Act of 2007) of the Arkansas Code.
Step 1: Deliver Notice
The landlord must give the tenant the appropriate notice to begin the eviction (unlawful detainer) process.
Step 2: Wait for the Tenant to Act
If the tenant fixes (or “cures”) the problem or moves out within the required timeframe, then no further action is necessary.
Step 3: File Initial Court Documents
Suppose the tenant refutes the notice or fails to cure the breach(es). In that case, the landlord may file an unlawful detainer action in the Arkansas Circuit Court by paying a filing fee (currently $165) and submitting the following documents:
- Cover Sheet
- Notice of intent to issue a Writ of Possession
Step 4: File Forms Before Hearing
Once the court receives the complaint and summons, the court will set a date for the hearing. The landlord must then serve legal documents to the tenant by mail (first class, certified mail, or registered mail), via personal delivery, or using a civil process server. This person will provide an affidavit of service for the landlord to file with the court.
Step 5: Tenant Answers the Complaint
After receipt of the summons, the tenant has 5 days to object in writing by filing an answer with the court. The court will decide if:
- The landlord or the tenant is correct at the hearing.
- There are any damages owed.
If the tenant doesn’t pay the owed rent or file an answer with the court, the court may issue a writ of possession, where the landlord will receive the property back and the tenant will be removed and barred from the premises.
Step 6: Follow Up on Other Damages
If there are other damages, including unpaid rent, cleaning, and court costs, a landlord may go after the tenant even after the tenant has been officially evicted.
Related Arkansas Court Forms
Here are some additional forms landlords and tenants in Arkansas should be aware of:
- Civil Action Cover Sheet: The landlord must file the Cover Sheet with the court along with the Summons and Complaint.
- Complaint: A document that the landlord files with the court and serves on the tenant that states the reason(s) for the eviction.
- Summons: The landlord files a Summons with the court, and then it is served on the tenant to formally let them know a lawsuit has been filed against them. Once the tenant receives the forms, the server must complete the Affidavit or Proof of Service.
- Answer: The tenant (defendant) will be able to respond by filing an answer with the court.
- Writ of Possession: If the ruling favors the landlord, they can request this document from the court. A Writ of Possession is a court order that returns the legal possession of the property to the landlord and affirms that the tenant must leave the premises within twenty-four (24) hours or be forcibly removed by the county sheriff.