Q: My lease on apartment was up last month, today received a letter stating I needed to be out of apartment by September 1s
September 1st for the reason of paying rent late and my rent Payment was always coming from somewhere different each month. I am a single mom of 2 and just went through a divorce, tore my meniscus on my knee requiring surgery and 3 months later had to have a hysterectomy due to a prolapsed uterus. I work a full time job, my ex doesn’t pay child support and I ran out of sick time at work. My employer offers a crisis fund which I used to help pay rent. My hrs at work varied with the covid crisis which caused a loss of income. Can my landlord make me leave in 2 weeks? I do not have money for a deposit and 1st months rent. The letter stated that my rent will double starting next month. Is there anything I do? What are my rights in something like this?
A: At the end of a lease for a term the lease converts to month-to-month. In that type of lease, the landlord can give notice to vacate if the rent is not paid. The tenant must be given the option to pay the past due rent and all other sums owed under the lease. If the tenant does this within the time frame given the tenant can stay. If the tenant does not pay all sums due the landlord must then file an eviction action in the county where the property is located. Some counties have placed limitations on what types of eviction actions can be brought during Covid. You should have an attorney review your paperwork and circumstances to see if the landlord’s actions comply with local and state rules.
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