Posted by TenantNet on February 22, 1998 at 09:25:51:
In Reply to: no lease/last month's rent posted by S. Nichols on February 18, 1998 at 20:30:59:
: I have been living in my current dwelling for a year and a half (itís one half of my landlordís house). When I moved in, I paid first and last monthís rent and signed NO LEASE whatsoever. We had a verbal agreement that I would stay at least a year, which I did.
No lease means you are month-to month.
: The landlord informed me several weeks ago that he and his wife would like to take back my side of the house because they want to live in it, and told me that I had until May to find another place to live. Fair enough. Rent was due on the 15th of this month, so instead of paying it I told him to use my last monthís rent now and I would move. He pitched a fit, saying I needed to give him one monthís notice before using my last monthís rent (Iím assuming he already spent it). So basically, my time is up on the 15th of next month.
UNTIL May does not mean you can't move before May. You're doing him a
favor by agreeing to move early. You already paid that month, so he can't
claim it wasn't paid. In most places he must go through the court process,
so you can buy some time. If there are real damages, he can seek them
from you (did you have a security deposit in addition to the last month's
rent). When you move take photos, have a witness, leave it clean and
ask the owner to walk through with you. Ask in writing.
: My question is this: if I havenít found a place to live by the 15th of next month, what can he legally do to me? I offered to pay him for every day I am here, but he wants me OUT. What are my rights? And can he take me to court for any damages since I didnít pay a security deposit?
: I would appreciate a reply before Friday. Thanks
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