Oral Agreement - tenant 2 months behind on rent, 4 months on utilities. Can the landlord write up a notice to vacate and give it to him or does it need to be done by a lawyer?
Neither LL nor T is required to obtain an attorney. However, be sure you first read TPC 24.005: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PR/htm/PR.24.htm. Your notice must furnish T at least three days notice to vacate. Deliver it in person (although there are several ways to deliver effective notice, this is the best), at the residence. Keep a copy of it and take a witness with you who can testify to the date, time and manner of delivery if you need to later file an eviction lawsuit.
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A good place to start for answers to questions about landlord/tenant issues is a publication called Texas Tenant Rights prepared by the Texas Attorney General. That guide can be downloaded at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/tenant-rights. Also, there is a Tenants’ Rights Handbook you can download from https://texaslawhelp.org/article/tenants-rights-handbook. There is no charge for these publications. Neither of these publications is a substitute for advice from an attorney.
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The landlord absolutely can give the notice to vacate without hiring counsel to do so.
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