Oakland, TN asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: Landlord violated penalty of perjury with notice.

My landlord's daughter said she mailed us a 30 day notice to leave the premises because she has to repair it and we have no lease, we have a lease from her father when we first moved in years ago. All she did was text us "Consider this your 30 day notice" and today, 2 weeks later, she posted on our door a 30 day notice to leave, dated 2/2/24, saying we had to be out by 2/13/24.

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A: In Tennessee, landlords are typically required to provide tenants with proper notice before initiating eviction proceedings or terminating a lease. The notice must comply with state laws and the terms of the lease agreement, if applicable. While a text message may serve as informal notice, a written notice delivered in person or through certified mail is generally required to be legally valid. If your landlord's daughter only sent a text message and subsequently posted a notice on your door, it may not satisfy the legal requirements for proper notice. You may have grounds to challenge the eviction or termination of the lease based on the improper notice.

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