The City of Harrison is providing the information below as a public service and not as legal advice. The eviction process can be complicated, and the below summary will not be sufficient for you to handle an eviction case on your own. If you have eviction questions, please seek the counsel of an attorney. The City of Harrison cannot provide you any legal advice on the eviction process.
Evictions are usually handled as civil matters and not as criminal matters. Evictions are commonly known as "unlawful detainer" actions. Unlawful detainer actions require a Landlord to provide the Tenant with a 3-day written notice that the Tenant needs to vacate the premises. If the Tenant vacates before the three days passes, then that usually solves the unlawful detainer issue, although there may be other issues between Landlord and Tenant that are unresolved by the Tenant vacating the premises. If the Tenant does not vacate the premises, the Landlord may move forward by filing an unlawful detainer action against the Tenant in court. The Tenant would have to be served with all the necessary documents, including but not limited to a Summons. In Arkansas, a Tenant has five days from the date they are served, excluding Sundays and legal holidays, to object to the eviction. This objection must be in writing, and that objection must be filed with the clerk of the court at the address listed on the Summons. A copy of the written objection should also be sent to the Landlord or Landlord's attorney. If a Tenant does not file a written objection with the clerk within five days of being served (Sundays and legal holidays excluded), the Tenant may be removed from the premises by the sheriff. If a Tenant does file a written objection with the clerk within five days of being served, a hearing will be scheduled with the judge assigned to the case.