Wadsworth, OH asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: Can a 30 day notice be given via text message?

We are month to month at our current residence and our landlord gave us a 30 day notice via text message. Does this legally hold up? We are having a very hard time finding any rentals in our area and I was kind of hoping this might buy us a little more time to find something since the landlord is not willing to work with us.

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Typically, it must be "in writing," which means on paper given to tenant, posted on the tenant's door, etc. But it depends on what your lease says or what your local court will accept as an effective lease termination notice. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who works with tenants, who can advise you. But try to work it out with landlord to avoid having landlord file an eviction against you. An eviction is a permanent public record that can make it even harder to rent from a landlord who checks the records.

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