Arkansas Eviction Process & Laws | Free AR Eviction Notices

An Arkansas eviction is an action provided by the landlord on the tenant when they have been served a notice to quit and they did not respond. For example if a tenant has not paid rent, and after being notified, they do not pay or vacate the premises the landlord may file a federal entry and detainer (FED) as noted with the Eviction Guide.

NonPayment Laws - 10 Days § 18-16-101(b)(1)

NonCompliance Laws - 14 Days § 18-17-701

Month to Month Laws - 30 Days § 18-17-704

Forcible Entry and Detainer Laws§ 18-60-301 to § 18-60-312

Types of Notice



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The Arkansas fourteen (14) day notice to comply or vacate, in accordance with § 18-17-701, is to be used by the landlord when a tenant has willfully violated the rental/lease agreement. After the fourteen (14) day period of notice, the landlord can file an eviction action in the local district court. Note:…

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The Arkansas ten (10) day notice to quit, in accordance with § 18-16-101(b)(1), is used when the landlord uses the ‘unlawful detainer’ eviction method. When the landlord terminates the rental agreement (which in this case can be done immediately following the failure of the tenant to pay their rent), they must…

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The Arkansas thirty (30) day notice to terminate, in accordance with § 18-17-704, is used for month-to-month rental agreements. The notice must be sent at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of termination. The State of Arkansas does not provide any pre-drafted notice of termination forms. Use the…

Process How to Evict a Tenant

Step 1 – There are two methods a landlord can use to evict a tenant who has not paid their rent (‘failure to vacate’ and ‘unlawful detainer’). ‘Failure to vacate’ is considered a civil court procedure, whereas ‘unlawful detainer’ is a criminal procedure. If the landlord is using the ‘failure to vacate’ method to evict a tenant, they may wait up to five (5) days from the initial due date to begin the eviction process. According to Arkansas law no eviction notice is needed after waiting five (5) days past the rent due date. After the five day notice period, the landlord can immediately begin filing an eviction order with the local district court and no written notice is required.

The ‘unlawful detainer’ method does not have a required waiting period for the landlord to terminate the rental/lease agreement. If the tenant has not paid their rent on the predetermined due date as outlined in the lease/rental agreement, the landlord can immediately terminate the agreement. After the landlord has terminated the lease agreement using the ‘unlawful detainer’ method, they must notify the tenant to vacate the rental property within three (3) to ten (10) days. Failure of the tenant to move out within the ten (10) day period will result in a criminal misdemeanor charge.

Depending on which eviction method the landlord chooses to follow, the eviction process should be initiated by sending the tenant one of the following forms of eviction notices:

 

Step 2 – The notice must be delivered to the tenant via a delivery method approved by the State of Arkansas (personal delivery or certified/registered mail). The tenant is considered to be notified at the time of mailing, and no receipt of delivery is needed. Once the lease/rental agreement has been terminated, the landlord can file an eviction action in an Arkansas district court.

Note: Under Arkansas law, no landlord has legal authority to personally evict a tenant without first filing the proper paperwork with the State and obtaining a court order.

Step 3 – If a tenant is found guilty of staying in the rental property for over ten (10) days, they will be required to pay a fee of $25 for every day past the initial ten (10) day notice period. The tenant can enter a plea of not guilty, and legally stay in the rental property (however they will be required to pay monthly rent during this period, made out to the landlord and paid to the clerk of the court). Failure to pay the rent during this period will result in another criminal misdemeanor charge. If the tenant is found not guilty, the rental payments made during this period will be paid back to them. However if the tenant is found guilty, the rental payments will be awarded to the landlord.