I've just received a text from my landlord saying to drop off my keys and that she'll be moving in tomorrow morning?!? We ve received no notices... Also today I found a add on craigslist for my apartment saying it ll be available the 15th. I am late on rent and have tried discussing the issue with her several times but she refuses to talk to me about it. However, I haven t received a pay or vacate notice Or a 20 day termination notice... And I honestly feel I've been discriminated against since my ex husband moved out. She refuses to email me. Emails him even though he is no longer on the lease. She raised rent after he moved out as well... I've asked her to make repairs and she told me to call the maintenance guy?
I am on a month to month lease. Been here for 5 years and Never been Late on rent except this month.
I'm not sure how to respond to her text or what actions to take at this point and time.
You cannot be removed on a month-month lease without proper notice followed by an unlawful detainer suit and a notice from the sheriff. If she enters without those, assuming you are a legitimate tenant, she will be trespassing. It sounds like she is trying to get you to move out by intimidation.
I would contact your ex just to make sure she has not sent him notices etc. It is probably not legal but you want to know what is going on. You can go to the courthouse and have the superior court clerk check to see that nothing has been filed.
If you are late on rent and you get a three-day notice, you must pay within three days. She does not have to negotiate over late rent. Your good history is not relevant.
So, either she is trying to harass you out of the place, or something is going on that you don't know about. If it is the former, the sheriff will not remove you without proper court orders. If she enters without your permission, call the police. Keep a copy of your lease and some recent cancelled rent checks and utility bills handy in case they show up. If it is the later, you need to track it down as I discussed above.
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The only thing I can add to Scott Matthew's great thorough answer is this: stop texting/emailing landlord. Make objections in writing to notice address in lease, or to what other address landlord provided you in past. Send communications by certified or priority mail, which have delivery confirmation. Avoid using return receipt card unless required by lease.
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