My daughter & her boyfriend received a text message last night saying that it was their 3 day notice to vacate. Can a landlord do that? I read that the notice had to be written and either sent by certified mail or hand delivered or hung on their door. They have lived in this apartment for over 3 years. They haven't had heat until this past December. They have a verbal lease. No due date was ever discussed. They moved in on the 15th so they usually pay their rent by the 15th but this past November they held their rent until November 30th because the landlord refused to fix their heat. I know that they are not allowed to withhold rent but they've gone without heat for over 3 years (I would never have stayed some place that didn't have working heat but they did.) They paid the rent on November 30th because they said that since they never had a set due date that they figured as long as they paid before the end of the month that they weren't late. I don't know what the laws are regarding verbal rental agreements. Anyway, they told the landlord that December's rent would be late because my daughter wouldn't get her financial aid (she's a college student) until the beginning of January. The landlord said okay. My daughter got her financial aid and paid for December's rent in the first week of January. They were planning on paying January's rent by the 15th as usual. Then they got the text message 3 day notice to vacate last night at 9:45pm. The landlord sent several nasty messages after that one too. They thought that she may have been drinking. The landlord also lives in Arizona so she's in another time zone but she should have known that their was a time difference. She last texted them a few minutes before midnight. They have heard that their landlord's properties are going into foreclosure. She hasn't been a very good landlord in the past. I wish that they could just find somewhere else to live. So, my question is, can a landlord use a text message as a way to deliver a 3 day notice to vacate? And what is the next step? What should they do next? I told them that they should pay January's rent right away and then start looking for another apartment by February. Any advice would be appreciated. I'm not a lawyer so please don't treat me like an idiot for asking these questions. I'm not here to get berated. I'm here for advice. Thank you so much!!!