On the 28th of July I came home to find a letter hanging on my door knob - which turned out to be an eviction notice. I think. There is a copy attached with personal information removed. It says Eviction Notice at the top but then states that if I don't leave an eviction action will be taken against me.
After receiving the notice I responded to the office by email, stating that I did not have any unauthorized residents and explaining who my guests were and how long they had been there. (8 days on the day of the notice.) I also said that my daughter (one of my guests) had her own residence, complete with legal lease, and my other guest was in town from out of state looking for a house to rent. I asked the LL what the time limit on guests was in my email.
"I thought the lease specified a 14 day limit on guests, but apparently I was mistaken. I actually did not find a limit, so what exactly is the time limit on visitors?"
I also responded to the housekeeping 'issues' part of the notice, stating the following:
"In response to the housekeeping issue listed, members of the office staff/maintenance have been in my apartment at least twice a month for either the monthly inspection or maintenance for the past several months and this issue has not been raised. I had not heard anything about a continued problem including up to and including the inspection on the 18th of July."
I also questioned why, if there was a problem, someone from the office didn't just ask me who was there?
"I obviously do not want to be forced out and would like to continue to stay until my current lease is up in November, even though I now feeling like I'm being 'spied' on, when an inquiry to me may have avoided this whole situation - obviously someone is checking up on me, why not just ask? If asked, I could have told you the situation and avoided a violation either by explaining what was happening or changing it the situation itself. I believe that I should be able to have a personal life with personal space in spite of living in an apartment community. I do not believe I have done anything inappropriate. "
(This is a four bedroom town house, I now live in it alone and have been there for almost four years. - I don't even know if any of that is relevant.)
This is the response I received three days later:
" Even with several warnings about housekeeping, there is no ongoing improvement. You aren’t being spied on. At last inspection, it was obvious XXX was staying in your apartment and had been for a while. She didn’t mention anything about your friend when I asked what she was doing in the apartment. Regardless, the apartment is still in such disarray and we can’t let it go any longer. You have until August 31st to move."
I have not responded to this yet... my young grandsons (all 3 of them age 6 and under) had spent the weekend with me while my daughter was out of town. She came in late that Sunday night and spent the rest of the night and then took her children home on Monday the 18th, the same day the monthly inspection was done. The LL asked my daughter what she was doing there and how long she had been there and my daughter answered her. And of course she didn't mention anyone else, there was no one else there at that time, I didn't even know I was going to have another guest then, and that person arrived on the evening of Wednesday the 20th.
I think I've explained the timeline and situation... my questions are: Does the landlord really have the authority to force me out when according to my lease I have not broken the contract? I've had no guests for a period of time over 14 days and no 'warnings' about housekeeping issues after the first one. Was it reasonable for the LL not to answer my questions conained in the emailed response to the notice? My lease is up in November and I had planned to move at that time - no longer needing a place that large - but I am financially unable to pick up and move immediately. An attorney does not fit into my budget. How do I fight this?