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Alabama Landlord-Tenant Jurisdiction and Service of Process

The following is information concerning the jurisdiction and service of process for rental property matters governed under the Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

District and Circuit Courts

The district and circuit courts of this state, according to their respective established jurisdictions, may exercise jurisdiction over any landlord with respect to any conduct in this state governed by this chapter or with respect to any claim arising from a transaction subject to this chapter.

Personal Jurisdiction

In addition to any other method provided by rule or by statute, personal jurisdiction over a landlord may be acquired in a civil action or proceeding instituted in the court by the service of process in the manner provided by this section.

Absentee Landlords

If a landlord is not a resident of this state or is a business entity not authorized to do business in this state and engages in any conduct in this state governed by this chapter, or engages in a transaction subject to this chapter, the entity may be served as provided by Rule 4 of the Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure.

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