We were given a verbal two-week notice to vacate housing provided by my husband's ranch job he had worked at for 11 years, there were no contracts signed when he began his employment. His employer passed away and the heirs gave us VERBAL notice to vacate within two weeks along with two-weeks pay. We had bought a home in town that required new sewer lines and new water lines before we could move. We went over our two-week verbal notice to vacate and the heirs retracted the two weeks pay, stating the pay was with the condition we left in the two- week period and have become extremely nasty during phone calls to keep them updated on our situation. My question is, can they hold us liable for any rent or payments due if nothing was in writing?
It's not at all clear what the agreement was for your occupancy, or what, if anything, you were paying in rent. If you are on a verbal, month to month tenancy, and are paying the rent, then the landlord is required to give you 30 days notice to terminate the agreement. If you were paying weekly, or bi-weekly, the notice period is proportionately shorter. If you don't pay then rent that's agreed, a three day notice is all that's required.
I can't help but wonder how they "retracted" the two month's pay unless it was not actually paid and was merely an offer.
You aren't liable for rent unless there's an agreement to pay rent, which may be verbal if the agreement is for less than a year.
I also hear the possibility that the housing was provided as a part of his employment, and in that case it would most likely be contingent on his continued employment. which it sounds like ended when he employer passed away.
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