Serving an Arizona Eviction Notice

To kick off our, "What to Expect from Your Process Server" series, we are discussing the steps process servers take when serving an Arizona eviction notice. SERVING ARIZONA EVICTION NOTICE IS NOT A TASK YOU CAN DO YOURSELF. This is a process that requires the service of an experienced, certified Arizona process server who truly understands the Arizona law regarding the process of an eviction notice.

What to Expect From Your Process Server

Serving Arizona Eviction Notice (when tenant answers the door)

Once a landlord receives a court-stamped eviction notice (Forcible Detainer or Special Detainer), they must act quickly because the Eviction Notice is time-sensitive. They must personally serve the complaint at least 2 days before the trial date. The trial date on the summons is usually only 3-6 days after filing the complaint, so serving the action promptly is crucial.

Physical Serve of Eviction Notice

Serving Arizona Eviction Notice

When a Process Server approaches the door with an eviction notice, and the occupant answers the door; the process server will hand the eviction notice to the occupant. At this point, the court considers the defendant as 'served'. The eviction notice will list the date and time of when the defendant is to appear in court.

Preparation of the Affidavit of Service

Next, the process server will prepare the Affidavit of Service to prove to the court that they have served the defendant. At this point, the Process Server will either file the signed Affidavit of Service with the court, or email/mail the signed affidavit to the Landlord to file.

Filing of Certificate of Service

If the Process Server files the Certificate of Service with the court, then the court will provide the process server with a stamped copy of the signed affidavit. The Process Server will then email/mail the landlord the court-stamped copy of the filed Certificate of Service. Now, the landlord just waits for trial.

If the Process Server does not file with the court, then the process server will email/mail the original Certificate of Service to the landlord for the landlord to file in court.

Need an Eviction Notice served in Arizona?

Check out our Arizona Eviction Notice page. Working with Process Server Associates, LLC gives you peace of mind, knowing they will properly serve your eviction notice.


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