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Re: holdover question

Posted by DK on September 07, 1999 at 13:14:19:

In Reply to: holdover question posted by nina on September 07, 1999 at 00:00:22:

: A lady I know has been living with her two grandchildren in a rented house. The lease that she signed actually states that the lease was for
: two years. When she first signed the lease she informed the owners of the house that she wished to stay there for at least five years. She cannot
: read English and assumed that the lease was for five years. The owners of the house want her to move out by Christmas. She wishes to stay until
: the end of the school year. She has always paid the rent on time and maintains the house properly. Can she stay on the premisis without fear of
: eviction proceedings. Does she have any right to stay on the property?

The lady probably cannot avoid legal proceedings, but she should discuss the matter with the landlord. It will be awfully hard to convince a judge that
the parties agreed to a five year lease when the written document says two years, even if she does not understand English.

A judge might still give her up to six months after the eviction proceeding to find a new place to live.

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