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Good evening. As a father of two kids in college myself, I totally understand your concern. But, in this situation, the landlord is going to be within its right to call the tenants as a whole in default in the event of a default by any one or two of them. The recourse of the non-involved parties would then be against the party causing the eviction. Now, the landlord has overstated its case somewhat...they aren't allowed to simply immediately evict the kids. They would first have to issue them a default notice and a 3-Day Notice to Quit...meaning the kids would have 3 days to leave or face eviction. But if they didn't leave, before the landlord could evict them, he would have to petition the court for an eviction order. This takes at least 15 to 20 days. So, the kids would have almost a month before they could be forcibly evicted. The landlord cannot legally evict without the court order. I know all this must seem harsh, but if you look at it from the other side....consider it was your property...I think you can probably see why the landlord has some protection under the law. The kids just need to have a "come to Jesus understanding" that this kind of thing has to be contained.
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You're welcome. The ultimate arbiter is going to be the judge in small claims court when the landlord seeks an eviction order. At that point, each side gets to present their side of the situation and the judge will decide. That's why court ordered evictions are required..so the landlord doesn't simply get to unilaterally make that call.
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