Thank you for your questions. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.
If I may ask, do you contribute anything toward the rent, or are you an occupant on premises?
Did he give you this 7 day notice in writing or simply tell you orally to leave?
I pay nothing towards rent per his refusal to allow me to assist. He asked that I buy food and whatever incidentals. I have been an occupant for over a year. He told me verbally. Then he threatened to change the locks if I did not leave in seven days.
Here is the situation based on what he can and what he cannot do
As an 'occupant' (as you are not strictly a tenant), you have the same rights as would a tenant pertaining to removal
He must give you WRITTEN notice, he cannot simply tell you to leave.
That notice must be at least 30 days.
He CANNOT use 'self-help' to get you out--that means that he cannot change the locks, bar entry, remove your things, re-enter, or cut off utilities.
If he does so, you can legally call the police and the locksmith, and lawfully re-enter.
In essence if you refuse to leave he must take you to court, obtain a court order and writ of possession, and get the sheriff to eject you. he cannot do so on his own.
Does that make sense?
It does.., what happens if I am not able to relocate within the 30 days?
He can then pursue an eviction via the courts
He can also potentially request that the courts grant him the right to pursue you for legal fees stemming from the eviction process.
Oh... I see... After 30 we must go to court. What if I need more time? What are the chances of me obtaining it?
It is up to him
After 30 days your right to the premises is terminated
while he still cannot bar entry or lock you out, he can take you to court and get the courts to remove you.
Thank you for your assistance
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No... Seems cut and dry. The other questions that I have... I don't think even he can answer. Thank you
Fair enough, and for what it is worth, I am genuinely sorry that you are going through this--I hope you are able to get this resolved.
Thank you... So am I.
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