what happens if I never signed a lease, and I only payed a deposit? I am being asked to leave by my roommates?

My roommates are asking me to leave. I am late on my payment, but have yet to recieve a legal document, and meet the landlord.

Asked on June 4, 2009 under Real Estate Law, California

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area.  You are a month to month tenant since you do not have a lease.  Your roommates can ask you for a deposit to cover any damages to your living area, however, it must sit in an interest bearing account and be refunded to you after you leave assuming you do not cause damage to the apartment.  your roommates may only make you leave at this point by serving you with eviction papers.  If you fail to leave after receiving eviction papers, they can have a judge order you to leave after going thru an eviction action - all of which can take 2 months or so to be processed.


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