Q: Yesterday, I received a notice terminating my month to month lease without cause. I understand that landlords can do
this within a year, however, this is being done in retaliation, which I know is not legal and the landlord would have to pay two months of rent if I were to prevail. The landlord is retaliating against the many maintenance requests I have had to file since moving in on August 1, and an arbitrary cleaning charge. There is a history in the beginning of my interactions with this landlord (another long story which may or may not have relevance). Which legal standing has priority, termination without cause or retaliation?
If you have not spoken with a landlord tenant attorney you should. If your landlord has filed a complaint against you in court to obtain possession of the rental property, you can make a counterclaims and affirmative defenses against your landlord for retaliation and failure to maintain the property in your answer. This is just one option, you should discuss this with an attorney.
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