Can I be asked to vacate my apartment without a reason?

UPDATED: Dec 15, 2011

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Can I be asked to vacate my apartment without a reason?

I came home to a “no cause notice to vacate” on the door asking me to leave within 30 days. I have always paid rent and signed a 14 month lease so it was surprising to see this considering I have no reason to be asked to move. The notice said there were multiple complaints, none of which have ever been brought to my attention. I tried to speak with the office and said I had to wait until tomorrow to speak with a manager. The lease is a binding agreement that should hold both of us accountable. How is this legal?

Asked on December 15, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Oregon


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If you have time left on your lease as opposed to being on a month-to-month lease, the landlord must evict you for breach of the lease's material terms in some form. I suggest that you carefully read your written lease in that its terms and conditions control the obligations owed to you by the landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law.

If you have had no warnings about what you supposedly did wrong it seems improper for you to be evicted by the landlord. I would first meet with the landlord about the situation. If not resolved to your satisfaction, you should consult with a landlord tenant attorney.


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