If you are in the U.S. the landlord, by law, HAS to give you a notice to vacate the premises which gives you 30 days to find a new place and move out without repercussions. After that, if you still have not left the landlord has to go to court and get a court ordered notice of termination of lease in order to have the right to say get the hell out and if at that point you still don’t leave the landlord has the legal right to get the police to make you leave. But it takes at least 15-45 days longer to get the court ordered notice depending on how busy your local court system is and if the local filing clerk considers something like this a priority that the judge needs to hear about right away and rental termination cases usually do not take priority unless the tenant is being destructive or causing problems with the neighbors.
You do not have to leave until he or she gives you an official eviction notice. If they call the cops oh well, tell the cops you have not been given formal notice and the cops will tell your landlord to serve you the proper papers and they will leave. If your landlord tries to lock you out or change the locks on your doors when you’re gone one day because you have not left, if they still have not served you termination papers you can call the cops and press charges on them for locking you out. They cannot lock you out of your apartment unless you get a court ordered notice and still have not left, but anytime before that stay as long as you can until you can find another place.
If your daughter is classified as disabled with a psychological disorder by the social security administration, call the ADA on them (Americans with disabilities act) and file a discrimination complaint that you are being asked to leave becasue of your disabled daughter. They can force your landlord to pay for your next apartment for so many months if you win the claim. But if your daughter has destroyed any property or had any noise complaints then the law will side with the landlord. If you live in an apartment but HUD is paying for your rent (section 8 voicher) call the HUD office and tell them, they will make your landlord follow procedure or she can be fined and have her HUD rental privelages revoked because lanlords can get a special tax credit for accepting HUD tenants and she will lose that if she does not comply. HUD is VERY strict when it comes to rules and procedures.
If you live in HUD apartment owned by the government though, you have no choice, you have to leave when you get the notice or else you will lose all further HUD privelages and no longer qualify for HUD assistance. And if you do live in a government ran apartment complex and the landlord is acting like this, call the HUD department and tell them she is not doing her job correctly. Have them schedule you a hearing to appear before the board of directors in your area and give them an appeal.
Your landlord cannot lawfully tell you to leave without a formally typed and hand signed notice. I have dealt with assholes like this recently. She told me to leave and I said, where’s my eviction notice? 3 days later she said are you packing up your stuff and I said, nope! still haven’t gotten that eviction notice, sorry! So she gave me the eviction notice and then asked me for my rent and I said well if you’re kicking me out knowing I don’t have another place ready just yet, why the fuck should I have to pay you rent? She threatened to call the cops on me so I said go ahead, I don’t have the money to give you so what are they going to, send me to jail because I’m broke right now? You are kicking me out remember? So how did you expect me to pay for a new apartment if I still had to pay you $550 this month for rent? I don’t have enough money to pay for both apartments at the same time so making sure I have somewhere else to go takes priority over you.
Only reason she wanted me to leave is because I told her over and over again, Susanne I can hear water leaking somewhere in the bathroom and it’s not the toilet or the sink, it sounds like it’s coming from the bathtub can you please send your repair man over to check it out? She said no, as long as you can’t actually see the water that’s leaking it will be fine, it’s probably just the water draining from the tub after you shower. I told her I could still hear water running even 7 hours after my last shower and there was no way water would still be draining from the tub 7 hours later unless the pipes were severly clogged which they weren’t. My room mate takes a bath one day instead of a shower, we hear a loud cracking sound then a thump underneath the tub and she quickly jumps out.
Turns out, a pipe really was leaking under the tub and her refusal to fix it made the pipe burst open, all the water from the pipes poured into the floor below and leaked thru the ceiling of the offices below us and the celing tiles in that office caved in and came crashing down on some lady’s desk along with about 12 gallons of water because the gravity pull from the open and exposed pipe caused all the water to drain rapidly out of the tub and she blamed us for it. Tried to make me pay for the repairs, a new bath tub, and a pay the repair man’s salary for that day. I told her as my landlord that if I was paying her rent she is required by law to fix anything severly damaged or unsafe and this was not my fault because I warned her at least 3 times about the leak and she refused to listen so I told her to fuck off. So she evicted me because I got an attitude with her for trying to charge me for something that was not my fault.
I would have fought in court and easily won but a bitch like that as a landlord, I was not going to stick around her any longer, besides she kept coming into my apartment when I was gone and snooping around without any notice, she was not spraying for bugs or fixing anything she just wanted to snoop and then openly admitted to snooping by saying my room mate needed to get her clothes off the floor and into the closet. Her sister gave her some hand-me-downs and she was arranging them by size which is the only reason they were in the floor.