What are a tenant’s rights to a vacate notice and to not have their possessions taken/destroyed?

I live with my fiance, his mother and 2 sisters. We live there rent free. She all of a sudden decided we all had to move out but gave no notice in writing and got her other older children to try to scare us by saying they will cut the power and phone line. They gave us only 2 weeks to find a place but my fiance and I can’t find a place and they are saying they will throw us out and put our stuff in the driveway; if we don’t move it it will be destroyed. We don’t know what’s legal or what to do.

Asked on September 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country the landlord is required to give a tenant who he or she wants to evict at least thirty (30) days written notice for such. It is illegal for a landlord to use self help to evict a tenant by throwing items of the tenant in the driveway.

The fiance's mother is engaging in wrongful conduct. You may want to consult with a landlord tenant attorney as to the situation you are in.

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