Who was responsible for the fire? What does the fire dept report say? Was your stuff ruined? I doubt he has to store fire-damaged/hazardous stuff that has no value. If the landlord is at fault you have a right to replacement value of your stuff, regardless of whether he threw it out or not. Perhaps he caused some additional emotional damage by throwing out non-ruined personal mementos?
My understanding is that the pre-move-out inspection is something the tenant has to request. So if you didn't request it, and there is a legitimate deduction for damages, then you are probably not even going to get your deposit, much less the penalty.
I agree with Mr. Driscoll. While they can show it to prospective buyers, they must give adequate notice (24 hours) in writing and it must be during business hours. I believe you can decline to consent to weekend showings, unless the two of you agree in writing to a stipulation for showings.
I understand your concern about open showings. The law doesnt say you have to consent to open houses, only that landlord may show the house to prospective buyers. He can do that by making appointments...
Um - the deal was that you pay their mortgage and you can stay there? and now they're kicking you out even though you lives up yo the deal ? I would say that is an oral contract to rent the place to you and the fact that payments were made to third party beneficiary (bank) not landlord doesn't change that. so ... you could be evicted in a 30 day notice but not a three day, IMO - if I have the facts right
there are several forms you need but first since there was an appearance it's possible the clerk may not take a default and you may have to go in for ex parte order for default. then you need request for default and default judgment form, judgment, dismiss the does if any, and the writ.
Well, no ... you dont' have to sign a new lease while the old one is still in effect.
As to how much notice is required, there is probably a clause in your lease that will control notice for rent increases. If not, the landlord probably doesn't need to give more than 7 days notice that the new lease will contain a rent increase. (If its a month to month lease, the landlord needs to give 30 days notice.)
If you're in a rent-controlled district, of course, local laws proabably give you...
One important point is that lawyers can represent litigants on small claims appeal. If you hire a lawyer, and win the appeal, you MIGHT be able to claim reasonable attorneys fees (if there is such a clause in the contract). But even this is subject to the judge's discretion. Lawyers or not, the court might handle it basically like a small claims case with the parties doing most of the talking.
landlord can apply security deposit to rent for days you wre there unpaid. I would rather have him do that then hope he refunds rent afterwards.
technically though you have to give 30 days notice as well so you're not really entitled to leave early. not paying the full month could theoretically create liability.
practically speaking, though, the security deposit is probably going to be your only dispute after you move out