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Templates for Eviction Notices (Free)
The first step in the eviction process is serving your tenant with an eviction letter notice. The old fashioned way: a paper letter served by certified mail, in-person delivery, or posted on the door.
Complicating matters, each state has its own templates for eviction notices. For that matter, there are different templates for eviction letters depending on the tenant’s lease violation.
Which means that for each of the 50 states plus DC, there are at least two or three templates eviction notices. Read: hundreds of different templates for eviction letters.
So we took the guesswork out of it for you with our free eviction letter notices. All you have to do is fill in the details like the rent owed or the lease violation, then click a button to generate free eviction notices to tenants.
How to Get Free Eviction Notices in 30 Seconds
With our landlord software’s built-in templates for eviction notices, you can create eviction notices to tenants within 30 seconds.
First, create a free account in our property management software. Then click on the “Leases & Documents” page on the left-hand menu bar. Along the top of the page, you’ll see three tabs: Lease Agreements, Tenant Letters, and Eviction Notices.
Click on Tenant Letters for informal letters, and Eviction Notices for formal eviction warnings. You can then pick the sample eviction notice template you want.
Here’s a 45-second demo video, creating a sample eviction letter:
It’s that fast and easy to create an eviction letter notice. Feel free to edit the eviction notice template directly in our landlord software.
You then download the printable free blank eviction notice PDF file to serve on your tenant.
Sample Eviction Letter
Wondering what a sample eviction letter looks like in our property management software?
Each state-specific template for eviction notices includes legally-required information. Our landlord software does let you edit the letter templates if you wish however.
As a sample eviction letter template, see the Nebraska Formal Notice to Pay Rent or Quit to the right.
We offer free blank eviction notice PDFs for every US state plus Washington DC, that you can print and serve so you can file for eviction.
Free Late on Rent Notices
Our landlord software doesn’t just have templates for eviction letters. We also have other free tenant letter templates, such as noise violation letters, pet violation letters, and late on rent notices.
Because late on rent notices come in two varieties: informal reminders and formal eviction warning notices. Informal letters can remind tenants about a soon-to-be-late rent payment, but don’t meet the legal requirements to file for eviction.
Oh, and did we mention you can edit all our free tenant letter templates directly?
Informal Tenant Letters vs. Formal Eviction Notices
Tenant letters are informal, designed to communicate a friendly or informal warning, or to notify tenants of an upcoming change like rental agreement renewal or rent increase.
Eviction notices are formal eviction warnings: they meet the legal requirements to initiate the eviction process. Before you can file in court for eviction, you need to serve a formal eviction notice to tenants.
Our landlord software separates them into these categories so you know exactly what you’re sending to your tenants. Note that the formal eviction notice templates are state-specific, while the informal letters are not.
SparkRental software offers both free eviction notices and free tenant letters.
How Eviction Notice Letters Fit in the Eviction Process
Never filed an eviction before? Here’s a quick overview of the eviction process – and where eviction notices to tenants fit in.
Step 1: Serve the Eviction Notice to Tenants
Or even copy and paste the text as a free blank eviction notice Word document.
Next, you serve the eviction notice to your tenants. Not sure how to give notice of eviction? In most states, you can do so in one of a few ways:
- Send it by certified mail (keep the receipt, you’ll need it for the eviction hearing!)
- Hand deliver it in person to your tenants
- Post it on the front door of the rental unit
Once you serve the eviction notice letter, you have to wait the prescribed number of days to allow the renter to catch up on rent payments or cure the lease violation.
Step 2: File in Court for Eviction
If your tenant doesn’t cure the violation at the end of the prescribed period of time, you can file in your local rent court for eviction.
You can typically file for eviction in person, by mail, or in some jurisdictions that have joined the 21st Century, online. The court will then schedule a rent hearing, and send out notifications to both you and the tenant.
Step 3: Rent Court Hearing
After a few weeks (or months, in slow districts), you’ll finally get to present your case to a judge.
You and the tenant will both have an opportunity to present your side of the story, and any evidence to back it up. Bring a copy of the eviction letter, plus evidence that you served it (such as the certified mail receipt). Make sure you also bring any other relevant evidence as well, either that the tenant failed to pay their rent on time or whatever other lease violation (such as illegal activities) took place.
Once you and the tenant have each said your piece, the judge will rule one of three ways. Either they’ll approve the eviction, deny your request entirely, or schedule another hearing in the future, pending some required action on your part.
If they approve the eviction, the case transfers over to the sheriff’s office (in most jurisdictions).
Step 4: Lockout
The sheriff’s office then schedules the actual lockout date – which usually takes another few weeks or even months.
As you can see, the process takes a while, from the time when the rent first becomes late to when you actually reclaim possession of the property as a landlord. The tenant can catch up on late payments and late fees at any time up to the lockout date, and stay in their apartment.
On the day of the lockout, you (or your representative such as a property manager) must meet the sheriff at the rental property with a key. Bring a contractor to change the locks. The sheriff knocks on the door, and if no one answers, you unlock the door. The sheriff enters, and makes sure there’s no one still in the property.
If the tenant remains at the property, the sheriff oversees them leaving permanently. Once they’ve grabbed any final possessions, your handyman changes the locks, and you now have legal possession of the property again.
If the tenant still owes you unpaid rent after they’ve moved out, you can opt to pursue them in small claims court.
Many landlords choose not to take this next legal action, because even after you win a money judgment in small claims court, it’s very difficult to collect back rent from deadbeat tenants. In most cases you have to hire a collection agency if you actually want to see any money. And they typically take half of every dollar they collect on your behalf.
Eviction Moratoriums During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Most landlords cannot file for eviction for nonpayment of rent while the nationwide CDC eviction moratorium remains in effect (currently scheduled to expire on June 30, 2021).
Landlords can file for eviction for other types of lease violations however, such as prohibited pets or occupants.
The nationwide eviction ban aside, some state and local governments still have their own eviction moratoriums in place. Check the status of federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums here (updated regularly during the pandemic).
Part of Our Complete Free Landlord Software
Our free late on rent letters, lease renewal notices, and free eviction notice templates are just one part of our larger free landlord software. We also provide free rental applications, free tenant background checks, full tenant credit reports and criminal checks (free for landlords), free lease agreements, and online rent collection (free for landlords).
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Frequently Asked Questions About Tenant Eviction Notices
Do you offer free eviction notice templates for all 50 states?
Yes! We provide free printable eviction notice templates for all 50 states, which generate as PDF files for easy printing.
How should I serve the eviction notice letter on my tenant?
In most states, you can serve official eviction notices on your renters in the following ways:
- Certified mail
- Hand delivering it to your tenant
- Posting it on the door of the rental unit
Can I email official eviction warning letters to my tenants?
No, most states do not allow emailing as a method of service.
What's the point of sending an informal late rent letter if it doesn't meet the requirements to file for eviction?
Many landlords like to send an informal late on rent notice to their tenants on the second or third day of the month, before the rent officially becomes late. Think of it a friendly reminder letter to help your tenant avoid paying a late rent fee.
What kind of landlord forms do you offer, other than late rent letters and eviction warning notices?
We also provide lease renewal and non-renewal notices, noise complaint letters, and other common tenant letters and notices.
Plus, we offer state-specific lease agreements and a free lease contract as well.