Tenant’s $1K at stake after landlord rescinds move-out notice

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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 They're now telling me that my termination notice is rescinded.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arises the other way around -- the tenant gives notice, changes his mind, and wants the landlord to consider the notice rescinded.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 relief, glad that this particular resident is moving on. Must the landlord ignore the notice? No, unless the landlord has accepted rent for the future after having received the notice. In your situ...