It is his home but we chose for me to move in with him. We have been living together over a year. Moved out of my home and lost ownership of my home. He told me he would always make sure I have a roof over my head. We Love each other. He spoke with brother and since has changed his mine about me staying in the home. He wants me to leave. I don't agree with this decision. I have paid off all bills from this home that we share. I am caught up with bills and want to continue to live in home as long as I can pay bills. He wants me to wait for him but after he talked with his brother he wants eviction. I believe I have a right to stay in home we shared. What are my rights as not to be evicted?
Your landlord would have to serve a notice to quit (either 14 days for non-payment of rent or a 30 day notice). He would then have to start the eviction process. If you are indeed a tenant, you can fight the eviction. But ultimately it is the landlords property, so fighting can only delay the moving process. You should hire an attorney to review the facts and help put this behind you.
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You do not need to leave until you are ordered to do so by a Court. Your landlord must follow eviction procedures carefully in order to evict you. If you were somehow promised ownership in the property and have been paying to maintain the home, you may have a more interesting situation on your hands.
Christopher Vaughn-Martel is a Massachusetts lawyer with the firm of Vaughn-Martel Law in Boston, Massachusetts. All answers are based on generalized Massachusetts law and the limited facts presented by the questioner. All answers are provided to the general public for educational purposes only and no attorney-client relationship is formed by providing an answer to a question.
My reaction to your limited fact pattern is that you have the right to remain until you are presented with a court order to move out (eviction). You should continue to maintain the home to the extent you have in the past to fulfill your part of the living arrangement. I would suggest consulting with an attorney if other issues materialize such as the division of property. And we wish you good luck.
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The landlord is first required to issue a legally-valid notice to quit to initiate the eviction process. However, if he does deliver a notice to quit, you would not need to vacate immediately. I recommend consulting an attorney to discuss your options.
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