Can a landlord lie about the reason that you are being evicted?

UPDATED: Jul 16, 2012

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Can a landlord lie about the reason that you are being evicted?

The landlord sent a letter to both tenants in house saying we had 2 months to move out because he wanted his family to move into both apartments. After we moved he put the house up for sale. Is this legal? It was a month-to-month lease.

Asked on July 16, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Rhode Island


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

It is entirely possible that one's former landlord can certainly lie about the reason why a tenant was evicted.

What you have written done by the landlord where you were on a month-to-month basis and where you were given written notice of the end of your lease was legal even though the reason for the end of the lease given was that family members were moving in but the home was just placed for sale instead.

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