Colorado Springs, CO asked in Landlord - Tenant for Colorado

Q: If you are on a month-to-month lease and your landlord terminates it via text messages, is that legal?

My landlord decided to end the month-to-month lease abruptly over text message. I said I think this needs to be in a written format, signed and dated.( the lease does not specify the format) Which they responded that a text is perfectly legal and have yet to send any further information regarding the termination of the lease.

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Michael Joseph Larranaga
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Parker, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: You may wish to contact an attorney so they can review both the text and your lease.

The forcible detainer statute does have some requirements around how notice has to be delivered. That being said, in contracts, a writing can be a lot of things including an email if it is defined in the contract. Regardless, your landlord has to follow the rules listed in both your contract and the forcible detainer statute if they plan on terminating your lease and evicting you.

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