- It depends.
- If you are a month-to-month tenant, your landlord can evict you without any reason by letting you know before the end of the month that he is not renewing your lease.
- If you have a written lease or if you live in certain types of government-subsidized housing, then your landlord cannot evict you for no reason.
If you rent by the month and do not have an agreement as to how long your rental will last, you are a "month-to-month" tenant. If you do not have a written lease agreement, you are considered a month-to-month tenant. Also, must year leases after they expire become month-to-month leases. You should check your lease to see If this applies to you.
If you are a month-to-month tenant, your landlord can evict you for "no cause" or reason. But the landlord must give you 10 days' notice in writing before the end of the current rental period. If your year lease rolled over to month-to-month it may require more notice, like 30 days. You should check your lease to see.
If the landlord does not give you the right notice, the judge should order the landlord to start the eviction process over -- usually for the next month. Defenses to these 10-day "no cause" evictions are limited.
But if you do something to break your agreement, like not paying your rent, your landlord can generally evict you on 5 days' notice.
Written Lease or Subsidized Housing
If you have a written lease that has not expired, or if you live in certain types of government-subsidized housing, your landlord usually needs a good reason to evict you. Public housing, tax credit, project-based Section 8, and some other types of government-subsidized housing have this “good reason” requirement. You may want to consult an attorney about the specific type of housing you live in and what rules apply. Unfortunately, if you have a regular Section 8 voucher, your landlord can decide to not renew your lease without a good reason other than its expiration.
A good reason is something you did or failed to do, for example, failure to pay rent or another violation of the lease.