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I would generally state no a verbal notice to vacate is not sufficient in most if not all jurisdictions as a necessary pre condition to filing the eviction suit. Could you advise me as to what you state you are located in so that I can provide some more specific information?
The requirements vary from state to state but all that I am aware require the notice to be in writing. In certain states it must be delivered in a specific way or variety of ways. The specific number of days requires varies from state to state as well.
Please let me know where you reside and I will clarify my answer
The landlord must first serve a notice to the tenant that complies with the Arizona eviction notice laws. In cases of nonpayment of rent, the landlord must serve a written 5-Day Notice to the tenant to pay the required rent or vacate the unit. The notice must state the amount of rent owed, that the tenant can remain in the property if the entire rent is paid by a certain date, and that a lawsuit will be filed if the tenant fails to comply by the termination date.
The written notice must be served on the tenant or a person of legal age within the rental location and/or by placing on the Door of the unit, or via Certified Mail or regular mail. The person giving the notice must provide some affidavit as to how the notice was given to tenant unless it was via certified mail and signed for by tenant or occupant.
So to answer the question you posed the Notice must be in writing to successfully prevail in the eviction lawsuit and must comply with the law as to how it was given to tenant. You might find information at this site that would be helpful for other questions you have as related to the withholding of rent, etc.
Let me know, but I think this answers the question you posed.
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For a pdf copy of the overall rules governing evictions you can view a pdf copy here http://www.azcourts.gov/portals/20/2008rulesa/r-07-0023finalruleorder.pdf
Though it was not in your original question you mentioned withholding rent for certain repairs. You have to provide certain legal notices to the landlord making him/her aware of the issue and generally providing him a reasonable period to repair (I think around 10 days). Arguably this time would be shorter for matters that prevent you from safely occupying the structure. You might look at this site as it has information geared more toward tenants to get more information on withholding rent. http://www.arizonatenants.com/rentcycle.htm
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