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Yes, there is something you can do. Although in general a five year lease agreement would need to be evidenced by a signed written agreement. BUT, the The lack of a written contract can be overcome by the concepts of promissory estoppel, detrimental reliance, and unjust enrichment
. This situation arises when Person A relied upon the verbal agreement, Person A performed based on such reliance, and because Person B defaulted, such reliance is now to Person A's detriment. Where there is i) partial performance by Person A based upon the mutual promises, ii) Person A relied upon such promises to perform, iii) Person B's failure to perform would be to Person A's detriment, and iv) result in Person B being unjustly enriched, Person A can overcome the legal requirement that the agreement be in writing. Your situation satisfies all the foregoing elements. One, do not pay the increased rent and do leave because she cannot force you out without an eviction
hearing at which you would then present your case. Two, if she makes any move to evict you without an eviction order issued by a court, call the police as it will be an illegal eviction.
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