Best way to leave a crazy landlord
December 8, 2010 9:27 PM Subscribe
We found a new apartment. Just gave our thirty days notice to our landlord and got a furious tirade in response. Basically she said that we cannot give thirty days notice at any point during the month. It has to be during the first of the month and that because it is close to Christmas that our giving notice now is unacceptable.
posted by teamnap to Law & Government (20 answers total)
She was, quite literally, infuriated with us and was behaving as if we were trying to swindle her out of her money. She threatened us with her attorney instead of speaking to us rationally. We were both very calm with her but I think that the simple act of us wanting to leave has thrown her over the deep edge. To be fair we've known she was slightly unstable with this sort of thing since we had seen her do something similar to another tenant.
The California tenant laws state that she is incorrect in this assumption and that we can give our 30 days at any point during the month. But she is highly unreasonable and prone to aggressive posturing (one of the reasons we wanted to leave).
What is the best way to go about handling this situation?
Immediately bring to her attention the tenant laws?
Wait and hope that she cools down and her own attorney tells her she is full of shit?
One caveat is that the landlord for this new place still needs to call our current landlord to do a reference check. Although we are model tenants (never late rental payments, never discourteous to our neighbors, always treated the property with respect) after how she behaved tonight I am worried about what lies she may tell this new landlord.