I have lived there since Mid July of this year. I do not pay rent, the verbal agreement was that I would use the time to save money so we could purchase our own place together. We are a same sex couple who have been in a relationship since Nov of last year and decided to move in together recently. The owner is not aware to my knowledge of my habitation there because of the concern over our sexuality. My partner is on the rental agreement with the owner and my partner is the one who asked me to leave and is threatenting to remove my items while I am at work.
Thank you for your follow-up, Mike.Please allow me to give you some peace of mind. Even if you are not formally on the lease, if you remained there long enough you obtained rights as an 'occupant'. An 'occupant' is entitled to the same rights as a tenant minus the obligation to pay rents. That means that if he really wants you out he has to serve you written notice and take you to court if you refuse to leave on your own. It also means that he cannot utilize 'self-help' to get you out--'self help' can include changing the locks, barring entry, removing your property all in a way to force you to leave. And if he does place your items outside, you have the right to sue him for value, since there is an argument that by leaving the items with him, he had a 'bailment' and an obligation to keep reasonable care of your items rather than simply throw them out.Good luck.
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