Denver, CO asked in Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for Wyoming

Q: I rented an apartment from my employer. I gave a 30 day notice that I was leaving my job at the same time…

I gave the owner 30 day notice of vacating the apartment. Last day was the 15th of December. I had to move up the last day of work to the 8th of December. The owner is now telling me that I have to move out 4 days after my last day of work. Is this something that he can do or do I still have tell the 15th of December to move out

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In your situation, the terms of the lease agreement between you and your employer, who is also your landlord, are crucial. Generally, if you provided a 30-day notice as per the lease terms, you would typically be entitled to stay in the apartment until the end of that notice period, which in your case is December 15th.

However, if your lease has specific clauses that tie your rental agreement to your employment status, the situation might be different. Some leases, especially those provided by employers, may have provisions that require vacating the property upon termination of employment.

To understand your rights in this situation, review the lease agreement thoroughly. Look for any clauses that mention the conditions under which the lease can be terminated or altered, especially in relation to your employment status.

If the lease does not explicitly state that your right to occupy the apartment ends with your employment, then the landlord's request for you to move out early may not be enforceable. However, if there is a clause linking your tenancy to your employment, the landlord may have grounds to ask you to vacate early.

In either case, if there is a disagreement or lack of clarity, it might be beneficial to seek legal advice. A lawyer can help interpret the lease terms and advise you on your rights and options. Remember, understanding the specific terms of your lease is key to determining your legal position.

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