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Blog: The Importance Of Notice In Landlord-Tenant Law

November 20, 2014

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When a maintenance issue arises, a tenant must give written notice of the issue to the landlord. While a phone call or in-person conversation may be quicker and more convenient, it does not meet the legal requirements to trigger the deadlines for a landlord to fix the issues. The tenant may also be required to give notice of his intention to terminate or not renew a lease. These terms may be specific in the lease itself.

Notice is required when a landlord wishes to terminate a lease. This applies when the tenant has breached the lease and at the end of a lease term. A landlord should ensure that notice is given at the proper time. The exact time when a notice must be given depends on the type of lease that was agreed upon.  When a tenant violates the terms of a lease agreement, the landlord must give notice of the type of violation and allow the tenant the required time to correct the breach. How much time the landlord must give depends upon the type of lease and the type of breach.

Notice is an important component of landlord-tenant laws. The type and manner of notice is set forth in a state’s landlord-tenant statutes, and care should be taken to ensure that all procedures, including proper notice, are followed. Landlords and tenants should also be mindful of how the terms of the lease may affect any notice requirements.

This blog post is authored by Jason Bring and meant for informational purposes only.  It is not meant to provide legal advice in any particular circumstance or factual situation.  You should consult with an attorney prior to taking any action regarding the information contained herein. 

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