How do you write an eviction notice?


Quick Answer

To write an effective eviction letter, it must contain the date of the original lease, the exact address of the property, current rent balance and past due date, number of days or due date to remit payment, and eviction notice. This notice must be personally served.

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  1. Check your local laws for appropriate procedures

    Many states such as California and Minnesota require landlords and property owners to file an unlawful detainer complaint in order to evict a tenant. This unlawful detainer complaint summarizes the landlord or property owner's issue in the court procedure. Be sure to check with the legal procedures of your state or county regarding eviction before taking action.

  2. Write the letter

    The next step is to write an effective eviction letter. It is advised to include the date of the original lease (with a fully executed copy, if possible), the exact address for reference in the letter itself, the current balance and its past due date, the deadline to remit payment, and the eviction notice itself. Be sure to clearly state that the letter is an eviction notice for a fault such as past due rent.

  3. Serve the letter personally

    After a proper letter has been drafted, it must be personally served on the defendant. Otherwise the tenants may say they never received the letter. Upon completion of the service, the server provides a document called Proof of Service, which must be filed in court as proof of service. In the state of California, tenants are allowed five days after a Writ of Possession is issued.

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