Rent it Right
Your chances of prevailing on this defense will go up if you can point to evidence of his real motive -- to get you out in order to make room for a family member. To do that, he may need to wait until your lease is up.
Janet Portman is an attorney and managing editor at Nolo. She specializes in landlord/tenant law and is co-author of "Every Landlord's Legal Guide" and "Every Tenant's Legal Guide." She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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