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Hi! I'm Heather. I've been a practicing attorney for the last 15 years, and I'd be happy to assist you for informational and educational purposes.
The landlord has to give you the amount of time specified in the lease (probably 30 days notice) to vacate in a situation like this. It sounds like the property was absolutely awful, and I really feel for you guys for what you had to go through, but the fact that the property was not properly maintained does not mean that the landlord loses the right to have you leave when the lease is up.
It definitely looks like the landlord owes you money for the expenses you incurred staying in the hotel, and if you had property damage from the ceiling caving in. You should prevail in a case against her for that, but again, the fact that she owes you the money does not mean that she's lost the right to have you leave consistent with the terms of the lease.
If you do not want to leave on the date she stated for you to leave, you can stay, and she will not be able to force you to leave unless she files an eviction action. If you make her file the eviction, you will be able to stay there for more time, but I would think that she should be able to have the eviction completed in a month or so or less. If you do go this route and stay after the date you are supposed to leave, and she in turn, has to file the eviction case, that will diminish what she owes you, because you will owe her money for the wrongful holdover.
Does this help at all?