How long does an eviction notice good for?

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How long does an eviction notice good for?

It was served 4 or 5 months ago; landlord is trying to in force it now after we worked out an agreement. They are saying that we have until the end of the month or we will in force out on the 1st. Is this possible? Also the notice was sent in a text not written out in a letter, is that legal?

Asked on September 22, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am 99.9% sure that the notice that you refer to here is not valid.   The notice has to be served in a specific way under the law and text messaging is not - as far as I know - a valid method of service under any state's procedural laws.  Additionally, if you were properly served and refused to leave the landlord would have to start a summary proceeding for eviction in order to obtain an order of eviction and have you thrown out.  So sit tight.  As far as I can tell you have no proper proceeding pending against you.  But it sounds like a really not so nice place to live so maybe you might take this time to look for somewhere new. Good luck.


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