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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, this would be legal. A lease is the right to stay in the property for as long as the lease is active (and as long as you pay rent). But once the lease is over, it converts to a "month to month" tenancy. In short what that means is that either party can terminate the lease upon one month's rent. The owner can terminate the tenancy giving you notice to vacate, even if the owner isn't going to live in the property. It is, after all, his property, even though you've been residing in it for some time. He still has the "ultimate" say in how it is used, and this is still legal. Only a lease for a specific period of time would protect you, and only to the extent that the lease was still active (that is, that the end point in the lease had not yet come).
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