Kaysville, UT asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Utah

Q: Does "written notice" to a landlord need to be signed and dated? Are emails and texts considered 'written notification"?

My wife and I are elderly and bought a house with a mother in law apartment 3 years ago (only our names are on the title and mortgage) but share expenses--mortgage, utilities, repairs and upgrades with our son and his family. He recently has tried to install a hot tub without our permission. When notified of it we told him we would need to discuss it and if we agreed he would have to pay the extra utility costs. He got very angry and said that he is a co-owner and doesn't need our permission to install it and started to install it. He texted that he would only communicate with us in writing... which has been printed papers without a name or signature slid under our door, demanding we do certain things and threatening to not pay the mortgage if we don't do them. He has blocked me on his email and texts. Hence my question what are legal forms of "written notices" and do they need to be signed and dated?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
  • Spanish Fork, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: Normally your signed agreement between the parties will answer these questions. I highly recommend, whether you have an agreement or not, to sit down for a few minutes with an attorney to discuss your options. Most attorneys will do this first appointment for free to see whether they will be able to assist you.

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