Can my landlord evict me if my 14 year old child gets into trouble?

My 14 yr old was hanging out with some friends who stole a golf cart over the weekend. My son didn’t take the cart; he did not even know that it had been stolen. Somehow my landlord got involved in the situation and is now telling me that if my son gets into trouble he will either evict us or make my child move out. My rent is paid up to date. I am a single mom, who pays on time and we don’t cause trouble. I am just wondering if this is legal and can he really evict me for really a no good reason?

Asked on September 21, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have a written lease agreement with your landlord over the unit you are renting, you need to carefully read it in that its terms and conditions control the obligations owed to you by your landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicitng state law over the current problem that you are having with your landlord over your fourteen (14) year old.

Read the grounds for the termination of your lease and see if any of the grounds apply to your situation.

Most likely if your son has been well behaved at the apartment site your landlord has no factual or legal basis to evict you for something that supposedly happened off the rental site.

You might wish to consult with your local "legal aid" program assuming there is one in your community or consult with a landlord tenant attorney.

Good luck.


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