Does my landlord have the right to kick me out for no reasonable cause if my lease doesn’t expire for another 8 months?

A couple of months ago I signed a 11 month lease to rent a room in a woman’s house. Recently, she decided she no longer wants a “housemate” and that we’re not “compatible”, so she told me she wants me out and gave me a 30 day notice of termination.

Asked on September 18, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

A lease is a contract: neither party to the contract may change its terms without the consent or agreement of the other. If you signed a lease that expires at a certain point, the landlord may not make you move out on 30 days notice unless the lease specifically allows that. With a lease for a definite time, you may only be evicted for nonpayment, for material (important) breach of lease, for certain fairly obvious bad things (like disturbing the peace of other residents after warning to stop; deliberately or grossly negligently damaging the landlord's property), or otherwise as the lease allows.

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