Evictions are a difficult and stressful process, especially during the current economic times. Knowing the laws and rights in Arkansas can help you understand the process and make sure you have the resources you need to find a new home. This post will walk you through the eviction process in Arkansas, along with useful websites in resources.
Overview of Arkansas Eviction Process
The legal process for evicting a tenant in Arkansas is outlined in Ark. Code Ann. §§ 18-16-101 through 18-16-123. Generally, a landlord must first provide a written notice to the tenant. If the tenant fails to respond or correct the issue, the landlord can then file an eviction lawsuit.
In Arkansas, the eviction lawsuit is referred to as an “Unlawful Detainer” or UD. The UD is filed in a local district court or county court. The landlord must provide the tenant with a copy of the complaint and summons. The tenant then has seven (7) days to file an answer with the court.
If the landlord wins the eviction lawsuit, the court will issue a judgment in favor of the landlord, also known as a Writ of Possession. The Writ of Possession orders the tenant to vacate the premises within three (3) days. If the tenant does not comply, the landlord can ask the court to issue an Order of Eviction, which will allow the sheriff to remove the tenant from the premises.
Resources for Tenants
The Arkansas Coalition to End Homelessness (ACHE) provides a variety of resources for tenants facing eviction. ACHE’s website includes information on tenant rights, a list of housing resources, and other helpful information. Additionally, ACHE operates a Tenant Rights Hotline, which provides free legal advice to tenants in Arkansas.
Resources for Landlords
The Arkansas Landlord-Tenant Act sets out the legal rights and duties of landlords and tenants in the state. The Act is available online and provides a comprehensive overview of the legal requirements for landlords and tenants in Arkansas. The Arkansas Real Estate Commission also provides resources for landlords, such as forms, checklists, and a guide to the eviction process.
Navigating the eviction process in Arkansas can be challenging for both landlords and tenants. Knowing the laws and having access to the right resources can help make the process easier. This post provides an overview of the eviction process in Arkansas, along with useful websites and resources. For example, the Arkansas Coalition to End Homelessness provides a Tenant Rights Hotline for tenants who need legal advice or other resources.