It is not necessarily textbook retaliatory eviction. Given the relatively short time period you describe, this would not necessarily constitute retaliatory eviction. For a discussion on this topic, see:
As you can see from the discussion, the defense of retaliatory eviction is a bit tricky in terms of what the tenant and the landlord have to prove, and is usually difficult to assert without the assistance of counsel.
Pursuant to Civil Code section 1946.1, the landlord must give 60 days advance written notice that the tenancy will end if you and every other tenant or resident have lived in the rental unit for a year or more. Thirty days notice may be sufficient if any tenant or resident has resided in the dwelling for less than one year, or if the lease agreement provides so (Civil Code Section 1946).
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