Serving an Eviction Notice
The eviction process begins when the tenant is served an eviction notice and can continue until the tenant cures the default or a court proceeding issues an order for eviction.
The steps to serving an eviction notice follow.
- Serve the tenant an eviction notice (if you need the notice, select Eviction Notice Forms in the list to the right). There are multiple methods of service:
- Personal service: have someone personally hand the notice to the tenant. This is the preferred method. This person can be:
- anyone over 18 yrs of age that is not listed on the form.
- Sheriff in the city where rental unit is located. There will be a fee for this service but they will usually file the proof of service afterwards.
- Professional service processor.
- Substitute service: if the tenant is not available at home or work, the notice can be left with a competent adult living at the rental unit or a supervisor or manager at the tenant's place of work. Instruct this person to give the notice to the tenant. Be sure to get the person's name. Afterwards, send a copy of the notice, per mailing requirements for your state (usually first class mail) to the address where the notice was left.
- Post a copy of the notice at the rental unit and mail a copy to the tenant per mailing requirements for your state (usually first class mail).
In all instances listed above, be sure to have the proof of service filled in.