Learn About Alabama Eviction Laws With DoNotPay
Like any state, Alabama has laws around when and why someone can be evicted. These ensure renters' rights are protected from their landlord, and that everyone is doing as they should. If you're facing eviction or just want to know your rights, let DoNotPay teach you about today.
Eviction Laws in Alabama
Alabama is known as a "landlord-friendly" state, meaning the laws greatly favor them in comparison to tenants. While many of the basics you'd expect to find everywhere are there (rental payments must be made, there needs to be notice before entry, etc.), you might find yourself in trouble without other protection you might need. Some standout parts of the law include:
|Landlord License||Not Required. Anyone can be a landlord.|
|Late Fees||Any amount the landlord wants.|
|Grace Period for Late Payments||Not Required.|
|Period of Notice for Eviction||14 days for breach of lease
7 days notice for late or non-payment of rent
|Renewal of Lease||Depends solely on the landlord.|
Reasons You Might Be Evicted
Why you could be evicted depends on many factors, especially since Alabama landlords are given a good amount of freedom for what reasons they need to start an eviction. Some of the more common reasons could be:
- Not paying rent or paying late.
- Doing illegal activities in your dwelling.
- Breaching the lease in some way.
- Failing to update the landlord on things like pets or additional occupants.
What Can You Do to Fight an Eviction in Alabama
If you're trying to fight an eviction, you're going to need some help. At a minimum, it's time to lawyer up. Additionally, taking advantage of DoNotPay's services, rental-related and otherwise, is a good way to help yourself in the fight.
What Does the Eviction Process Look Like in Alabama?
The eviction process in Alabama is similar to most states. It begins with serving an eviction notice to the tenant, who has a set amount of time to leave. If the tenant refuses to leave and no remedy can be found, the eviction will be taken to court. From there, a judge will review your case and the evidence you can present for why you shouldn't be evicted and hand down a verdict. After that, you'll need to leave if the eviction is upheld. You can try to appeal if this happens, which may lengthen how long you're allowed to stay in your rental unit.
Does My Landlord Have to Warn Me Before I Can Be Evicted?
As stated, landlords cannot evict you with no notice. For week-to-week rentals, it's at least seven days. For month-to-month rentals, it's at least 30 days.
What If I Do Not Move Out after I Get an Eviction Notice?
Refusing to leave after being evicted can be a dangerous decision. At a minimum, you're likely going to be headed to court to fight the eviction. If you lose your case and still refuse to leave, you'll most likely be arrested by police for trespassing.
What Are My Rights as a Tenant in Alabama?
As a tenant, you're given specific protections against your landlord. Some of these include:
- The right to live in a safe and clean dwelling.
- The right to live free from harassment by the landlord or others.
- The right to privacy within your rental unit.
- The right to withhold rent or break your lease if repairs are not made in a timely fashion.
Notably, a landlord is not allowed to threaten to evict you for exercising these rights. If they try, this is known as retaliation and could be the defense you need against the eviction proceedings.
How to Fight Eviction in Alabama On Your Own
Fighting an eviction isn't easy. It's a time-consuming and extremely stressful endeavor with only a short amount of time to do what you need to do. DoNotPay really recommends you let us help, as we can make the process a lot less stressful and ensure there aren't any careless mistakes throwing you off or ruining your case. If you're confident, you can try on your own by doing:
- If you're served an eviction notice, contact your lawyer immediately.
- State that you want to fight the eviction and outline your reasons for why, so you can start building your case.
- Document anything related to your cases, such as a landlord's bad behavior or evidence of retaliation.
- A court hearing will be required, during which you and your lawyer can present your evidence against the validity of the eviction.
- If the judge rules in your favor, you'll be safe and can likely find a new place to move in your own time. If not, you can try to appeal the decision to hopefully buy more time.
Fight an Eviction in Alabama With DoNotPay
If fighting an eviction on your own isn't working out, you can get DoNotPay to help. Start the process with these four easy steps on our app:
- Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.
- Select which issue applies to you.
- Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.
- Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.
And that's it! You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent.
DoNotPay Can Help with All Sorts of Rental Issues
If you're having other issues with your rental agreement, DoNotPay can give you some help. For things like getting your security deposit back, filing complaints, getting repairs done, and even suing the landlord, we've got your back. If you have a no-good roommate, we can help make them leave. Whatever the problem might be, we're here to help.
Why Use DoNotPay to Get Protection Under Alabama Eviction Laws
Since Alabama is landlord friendly you have to be able to fight back and stand for your rights. DoNotPay is a perfect choice because we are:
- Fast- You don’t have to spend so much time searching the internet for the specific provisions in the Alabama Eviction Laws that apply to you.
- Easy- You don’t have to fill multiple forms or take not of the different processes you have to undergo.
- Successful- Be one of the many who have won their cases against landlord abuse in Alabama,
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
DoNotPay can do more than just fight your eviction. We offer a ton of other services you can try, some of which include:
No matter what might be wrong, DoNotPay is here to help!