I have rented the home I'm in for 10 months. The home is owned my brothers girlfriends grandfather who recently had his daughter take over his finances. When I moved in I had made it clear that I would like to stay for a few years. I don't like moving. When I moved in there was lots of cleaning to be done. I was OK with that. I never sighed a rental agreement. I always pay my rent on time and have always been very cooperative. I do consider these people family. We brought the yard back to life after the the last tenants destroyed it. I never sighed or seen a rental agreement. A week ago the house was put up for sale. Today I got a phone call from the daughter saying the house was sold and i have 30 days from today to be out. Doesn't this 30 days have to be in writing? And there is no rental agreement? I am a single mom and have no money saved to move. Can you please tell me what my rights are?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): California
Thank you for your question.Because there is no rental agreement, your tenancy is likely month-to-month (assuming you pay rent monthly). In a month-to-month tenancy where the any tenant or resident has lived there for less than one year, the landlord must give 30 days advance written notice that the tenancy will end. (Civil Code Section 1946. Civil Code Section 1946.1(c)). The notice must be served by certified or registered mail, by personal service, or substituted service. A verbal notice is not adequate notice under the law, and neither the old nor new owner would be able to evict you without that proper advance notice.
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