Recently cops searched my house after suspecting a housemate (different bedroom) of drug trafficking. He wasn't trafficking but he apparently was in possession of cannabis and paraphernalia. The cops wrote a letter to my landlord citing his arrest (he wasnt arrested just received a ticket) and my landlord wrote us a letter stating that we need to vacate the premises in 10 days for breach of contract. Additionally we are being told that we must pay the remaining two months rent (June and July) by June 15th. Our lease specifies that rent is due on the 1st of the month. Can they force us to pay early? Am I liable for the remaining 2 months of lease if I was not involved in the breach of contract?
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You should consult with a lawyer about possible defenses to eviction and further police action. At any time, was there frequent traffic to and from the house?
The fact that no arrests were made on that particular date for the people in the house that date does not preclude the police from taking action if they suspect illegal activity. It is admitted that drug paraphernalia was found. Doesn't matter that it was a "non resident" as it's often viewed "where there's smoke, there's fire"
It is wise to seek legal help.
Locally you may try:
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