Our landlord recently raised our rent by $825 per month. We have struggled to pay this increase for the last 2 months (over the holiday) and have recently found a new place to live that we should be able to move into anytime after 1/21/16.
We sent a notice to vacate with our rent payment, less the deposit that we gave, as we cannot afford to pay this exorbinant amount in this final month. The notice to vacate was mailed 1/5/16 and was for a final date of 2/4/16 (at the time of writing the notice to vacate, we were unaware that we could potentially move in sooner.) and it also included what would be the prorated amount of Feb. rent for those four days.
Tonight, 1/8/16, our landlord hand delivered a 5 day notice to pay or quit to us. What are we to do? I realize for her to send an actual eviction
and get the court's consent to serve a Complaint and receive an Answer will fall beyond those dates. It seems our landlord is trying to intimidate us and force payment.
I am not proud of the fact that we cannot afford our full amount of rent this month, but it is simple truth. We have been good tenants for the past 2+ years and have made improvements to the property on our own dime throughout our tenancy here. Some of which being used as selling points in the property listing, as our landlord put the property up for sale not long after she increased the rent. She also lied about whether or not she put it up for sale when asked after the for sale sign showed up in the yard.
At this point I am hoping for advise on how to proceed.
Thank you for your time in reading this and I appreciate your time taken to send any response that will indicate to me what I should do next.
Kind Regards, *****