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They're required to send a notice to pay or quit before they can go to court and file a lawsuit. An eviction notice is usually a notice to pay or leave within a stated time frame, which satisfies the legal requirements. As long as you pay the half month's rent they're asking for, they cannot actually evict you.
If they went ahead and filed in court, then you could move to dismiss due to the failure to post a notice first, but you could also just pay and ask the judge to dismiss the case because you no longer owe the money. When a case is filed in court, you get a Summon and Complaint, with a case number ***** it, and it's hand-delivered by someone other than the landlord.
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