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 send a written notice to the tenant, stating the amount of time (10 days) that they have to vacate the property.
How to Write
Step 2 – Enter the following details into the associated fields within the form:
- Full name of tenant
- Full street address of rental property (including city/state/ZIP)
- Lessor/landlord’s full name
- The lessee’s (tenant’s) name
- The full date
- Street address, city, and county of rental property
- Date of the lease agreement
- Months that the rent was not paid
- Total amount of overdue rent
- Date of last day of the ten (10) day notice period
- Name of lessor (landlord)
- Agent name (if applicable)
- Street address
- City, state, ZIP
- Telephone number/contact information
- Proof of service signature
Step 3 – The notice must be delivered via certified mail or personal hand delivery. Under Arkansas law, the tenant is considered to be ‘notified’ on the date that the notice is sent/delivered (no proof of receipt is required A.C.A. § 18-17-303(C)(ii)). If the tenant has not vacated the property within the ten (10) day notice period, they will be charged with a class B misdemeanor criminal charge.
Note: The tenant has the right to plead not guilty to the criminal misdemeanor charge, however they will be required to pay the monthly rent during the time that they remain in the rental property. If the tenant is found not guilty, the payments during the period of the court case will be returned to them. However if the tenant is found guilty of refusal to move out the rental property, the rental payments made during this time will be released to the landlord.