The South Dakota three (3) day notice to pay or quit, as stated in Statute 21-16-2, is required to be served on a tenant who has failed to pay rent. The notice provides the tenant with three days to either pay the total past due amount or vacate the rental unit. If the tenant does not pay, or fails to vacate within the three day period, the landlord can file an eviction action against them in court. In South Dakota, the eviction lawsuit is known as a “forcible entry and detainer.”
Note: The notice should be served personally, however it can also be sent via certified mail (and posted on the premises of the rental unit).
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How to Write
Step 1 – Write the full name(s) of the tenant(s), and their mailing address (street, unit, city, county, state, ZIP) in the “TO” section at the top of the notice. In the “FROM” field, enter your name and contact address.
Step 2 – Fill in the full street address of the rental property, and then enter the delinquent amounts of rent/fees.
STep 3 – Date the notice, and then sign your name in the “Signature” field.