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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
It is illegal for a landlord to evict a tenant in retaliation for the tenant requesting repairs. Accepting rent from her created a month to month tenancy that can only be terminated on 15 days written notice. However, it's illegal for them to give her a 15 day notice because she requested repairs. A tenant has a right to live in fit and habitable premises, and if it's raining in the bedroom in January, that's not habitable.
Your daughter may want to call the city housing department to see if they can come out and do an inspection. They can contact the landlord on her behalf. If the landlord files for eviction, your daughter can go to court and defend on the basis that the eviction is retaliatory. She can also counterclaim for a partial refund for rent for each day the roof was leaking and the landlord refused to fix it.
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