Can my landlord break my lease because his family member lost their home and wants my apartment for them?

Asked on June 25, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Rhode Island


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, not unless the lease itself specifically provides that the landlord has the right to do so (if it does, said provision is usually enforceable). However, if your tenancy is a month-to-month tenancy (such as under a written month-to-month lease or an oral lease), the landlord may provide 30 days notice terminating it; or if it is a written lease and its period is expiring, the landlord can most likely refuse to renew it.

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