Can You Get Evicted for Losing Your Job or Being in Debt?
But add in being evicted from your apartment because your landlord is worried that you won't pay the rent - and you're in a tough situation that's best to confront early.
If your landlord finds out about your financial problems and you don't have a lease, your tenancy can be terminated with proper notice - usually 30 days in most states.
If you have a lease, then you're OK until it runs out.
But for anyone with a month-to-month lease, the agreement can be terminated for any reason that isn't discriminatory, according to a Nolo.com story. You can't be evicted for race, religion, sex, ethnicity and such reasons, nor can you be put out for retaliatory reasons - such as complaining about unfit living conditions to a building inspector.
While I can understand why a landlord would be concerned if a tenant is too heavily in debt or without a job, I think a landlord would be willing to work with a tenant who's upfront about it and assures a landlord that the problem is being taken care of.
If you've always paid the rent and continue to pay it, and are a good tenant, then most reasonable landlords would give you a chance and also make their lives easier by not kicking you out. You're a known factor, although one without a job for now, and a new tenant may not be as good of a tenant as you.
That's why it's a good idea to approach your landlord with such problems and assure him or her that you're on top of it and detail your plans for finding a job or getting out of debt.
Aaron Crowe has lived in at least five rental units in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reach him at www.AaronCrowe.net