My roommate and I complained about plumbing problems we were having in our unit and my roommate also complained to corporate management about the professionalism of our property manager. Based on those complaints corporate sent us an email saying that they would not renew our lease. When our lease was up they didn't immediately serve us with a 30 day notice, they served us with a notice two days before thanksgiving so that we would have to move out by the day after Christmas. We wrote a letter asking corporate to allow us to stay and they haven't replied. What is my next step in fighting this.
Your next step is to consult with an attorney near you who handles landlord tenant matters. Retaliation is a term that is used with respect to an eviction brought as a result of the exercise of a legal right, not a refusal to renew a contract. It does not sound at this point like you have a case at all, but you need to talk to an attorney at length to be sure.
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I am a landlord-tenant attorney. You would need to hire a tenant-landlord attorney to represent you through your eviction case and present a defense based on Civil Code Section 1942.5 or negotiate with your landlord for more time.
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