Can my landlord evict me for drinking too much alcohol?

UPDATED: Nov 18, 2011

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Can my landlord evict me for drinking too much alcohol?

After finding a bag full of beer cans in the recycling, my landlord has threatened to evict me for being an alcoholic. He commented on it as being substance abuse which I thought absurd but after rereading my lease the part that worries me is quote, “Nuisances – Excessive noise, drinking, loud music, parties and illegal acts are not permitted on the premises.” Though he was told that I drink and I was told it was OK all before signing the lease. Ihave my roommate as a witness to this.

Asked on November 18, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Washington


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Good question. The written lease that you signed and quoted in your question sets forth the obligations that you owe the landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law. If the lease prohibits excessive drinking and other conduct as a means for termination of the lease, then the landlord can terminate you for any violation of that provision.

In the future, perhaps you might want to take your empty beer cans to the recycling center so your landlord will not even know you had any beer? If he does not see any cans or bottles, he cannot comment on what you have been doing.

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