If I’ve been living in with my boyfriend in his parent’s rental house for a year and all the bills to our apartment are in my name but it’s his parents house, can he throw me out if we get into a fight?

We live there under an oral rental agreement.

Asked on October 10, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Only a landord may evict a tenant. So your boyfriend's parents would have to evict you. Since you are on an oral lease, it is what is known as a "month-to-month lease". This means that if his parents choose, the can give you notice to vacate typically you would ave to be out within 30 days.
Again, however, your boyfriend cannot throw you out. If he does, you can take legal action against him. That having been said, if you have put him in fear for his safety, he could get a protective order which would allow him to lock you out.
At this point, you can consult directly with an attorney in your area. They can more fully explain your rights/remedies.


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