In Arkansas, landlords have two option when it comes to evicting tenants for not paying rent. A civil eviction known as an unlawful detainer, or a criminal eviction called failure to vacate. For any other reason besides delinquency of rent, the landlord must use to civil eviction process.
No landlord is able to forcibly evict a tenant by using extreme measures such as turning off utility services, locking the tenant out of the rented premise, or by any physical threats.
A unique aspect of the Arkansas eviction process is that if the landlord chooses to evict the tenant using the failure to vacate option, it can be ruled as a misdemeanor.
The Arkansas eviction notice process requires all landlords to follow the 3-Day Notice to Quit if the unlawful detainer method is chosen. This means the tenant only have three days to pay the outstanding balance, with the date of service being the first day.
If the failure to vacate method is being utilized by the landlord, the tenant must be given a 10 day notice to pay the rent owed.
If the rental agreement is being terminated due to material noncompliance, there must be 14 days for the tenant to comply. The notice should contain details of specific violations of the contract, as well as the date that the terms must be met by.
If there is no written rental agreement, the landlord may end the lease at whatever time and for any reason once the landowner has given the tenant one rental period's notice.
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