I’m an Arkansas tenant and I don’t want to move out of my home. How can I avoid eviction? What are my Arkansas tenant eviction rights?

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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

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If you are an Arkansas tenant who has been served with notice that your landlord is terminating the lease, you have a few options. You can try to fix the breach (which will halt the eviction proceeding), negotiate with the landlord, or go through the eviction process in court and hope that you win. If you cannot fix the breach or pay rent, or you do not think you have done anything wrong, you will probably have to sit back and wait for the landlord to file suit. If and when he or she files, you will be served with a summons and you will have 5 days to file a written answer with the court. If you do not file, default judgment will be entered against you and you will have to move. Once you file your answer, the court will set a hearing date and both you and your landlord will go to argue your sides. If you lose, you will have to leave almost immediately. You can put off the eviction if you appeal, but only if you post a bond.

If the eviction process has reached this point, you may wish to seek the advice of an experienced Arkansas evictions lawyer to help you defend against the eviction and advise you on the rights you may have as an Arkansas tenant with respect to the eviction notice you received, as well as your next step in the eviction lawsuit.

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