Is a Text Legally Binding?

June 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm 2 comments

AOL Real Estate has an interesting piece on the use of text messaging in landlord-tenant communications. Here’s an interesting tidbit:

Q: What if tenants notify a landlord via text that they plan to move out. Is that considered “written notice?”

A: Yes, Saint Louis attorney Leonard Komen wrote on Avvo.com in response to the question. “Electronic communications in most commercial situations are now considered the equivalent of written communications. You will be hard-pressed to argue you did not get written notice.”

Read the full post for questions related to benefits offered by text, notifying tenants via text of lease changes, etc.

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  • 1. TL Burriss  |  June 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    A text message is how I’ve gotten most of my “written” communications from my last two tenants. I treat these messages as written. By the way, it can go both ways. I treat my text messages as if they will be treated as fact, commitment or “legally binding.”

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    • 2. Jon Lowder  |  June 25, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Good point, but you also need to make sure that North Carolina recognizes it as such. If you ever go to court it won’t matter much how you (or your tenants) think about it, but how state law sees it. As always, it would be wise to consult an attorney if there’s any question.

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