Does an eviction notice have to be notarized?

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No, an eviction notice does not have to be notarized to be legally binding. While the laws may vary slightly from state to state, an eviction notice only requires the signature of the landlord or landlord’s agent.

What is an eviction notice?

An eviction notice is a legally binding document a landlord provides to their tenant, informing them that they must either comply with the rental or lease agreement or vacate the property. Typically, an eviction notice offers tenants a determined number of days to pay rent or fix any damages in question. 

If that period ends without resolution, the landlord may file an eviction lawsuit against the tenant.

Causes and types of eviction notice

Though the terminology and details may differ across states, the cause for and type of eviction notices typically fall into three categories.

  • Pay Rent or Quit Notice: This happens when a landlord provides notice to tenants who have not paid their rent. Depending on the state upon receipt, the tenant has a few days to pay their due balance or move out.
  • Cure or Quit Notice: These are served when a tenant has violated a term or condition of the rental agreement, such as a no-pet clause or repeated noise violations. This type of notice provides a set amount of time for the tenant to “cure” the violation or move out. 
  • Unconditional Quit Notice: This type of notice simply informs the tenant that they will have to move out, as well as when. This type of notice does not give any option to pay or correct a violation in order to stay. These types of notices typically have laws that stipulate how and when they may be served, depending on the state they are served in.

What types of documents need to be notarized?

While laws regarding document notarization vary by state, there are several types of rental, real estate, and closing documents that you will always need to get notarized. 

While eviction notices do not require notarization, some documents that do include:

  • Loan Documents
  • Real Estate Deeds
  • Wills
  • Affidavits
  • Trusts
  • Power Of Attorney Forms
  • Business/ Employment 
  • Deed of Trust or Mortgage   

What is Remote Online Notarization (RON)?

Remote online notarization (RON) is a type of notarization carried out entirely online using audio-visual technology and electronic forms. This differs from more traditional notarization services, where the document signers must appear in person before a notary to complete a signature. 

Online notarization allows both notaries and document signers to complete a notarization act within minutes from wherever they happen to be located. This eliminates the need to schedule a place and time to meet with a notary, giving you the freedom to notarize documents exactly when needed. 

With Remote Online Notarization, the documents and signer identities are analyzed and verified within minutes using a knowledge-based authentication system. Once the tamper-proof, encrypted seal is electronically applied, detailed records of the entire notarial act are then stored for all parties to access at any time. These security features ensure that online notarization is the most secure and trustworthy form of notarization.

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