Q: I rent half of a duplex on a month-to-month basis. The owners live in the other half. Last month, they gave me a 30-day notice, so that the wife's elderly mother can move into my unit. Reluctantly, I looked for another place and put down a holding deposit. Now, my landlords tell me that this lady is really not capable of living independently, and they've decided to place her in an assisted-living situation. They're now telling me that my termination notice is rescinded. I want to stay, but what about the $1,000 deposit that I'll lose if I do? --Kevin A. A: This question usually arises the other way around -- the tenant gives notice, changes his mind, and wants the landlord to consider the notice rescinded. Meanwhile, the landlord has rented the place, or even just sighed with...
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