Can my parents kick me out and file for an eviction?

By Tenant

I was browsing through some forums when I saw a rather peculiar post.  It was about this man who is living with his parents even though he is employed and is beyond legal age.  They have an oral agreement that he would have to pay rent every month and he would also need to do some household chores.  I think the agreement was only created by the parents so as to convince their son to leave and find his own place to stay.  On the other hand, it can also be a test to ready him in case he wants to rent soon.  In any case, it is really weird to think about parents asking their child for rent.

Problem is, the son and his parents got into a disagreement and the son is asking everyone if it’s possible for his parents to kick him out and also file for an eviction.  The answer is, yes, his parents could file for an eviction.

In the case of oral agreements, the state tenancy laws will still apply.  Your landlord still has to provide you with a habitable place to live and you still have to pay your rent on time.  If your landlord fails to do its part, you can file for a complaint against him.  If you fail to pay your rent, your landlord can give you a 3-day notice and then proceed to filing an eviction case.  And yes, it is a matter if you’re landlords are your parents.  Legally, your parents are no longer bound by law to support you and provide you a roof to stay once you’ve reached 18.

There are advantages to having your parents as your landlord, though:

  1. You rent could be very cheap.
  2. You can be with your family on Thanksgiving and on any other holidays.
  3. You have your parents around.
  4. Repairs can be easily handled because you just have to talk to your father about them.
  5. You may not need to pay a security deposit, depending on your agreement with your parents.
  6. It can be easier to negotiate with them in case you will be late on your rent.

However, there are a few disadvantages to having your parents as your landlords:

  1. Bringing a girlfriend or boyfriend may seem awkward.
  2. It may be difficult to file a complaint against your landlord because they’re your parents.

While cases of complaints filed against.  Landlords are rare, they still exist.  I would person recommend though that you file the complaint with a mediator company instead of filing in through the city health department or the local housing authority.  At least, if you file the complaint with the mediator company, the complaint will only be released as public record if it is unresolved.  But if you file a complaint with your city, it will already go on their records.

Here’s the link for RPA’s complaint center:

Edited on: Monday, July 1st, 2013 7:41 am

10 Responses to “Can my parents kick me out and file for an eviction?”

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February 9th, 2013 12:00 am

As a person who has grown up in a different culture, their landlords sound weird. But looking at the scenario from a knowledgeable viewpoint, I would have to agree that yes, parent landlords can also evict you for nonpayment of rent. It may seem very ?heartless? of them to see their child suffer from the consequences of an eviction, but I always think that the best lessons are learned the hardest.


February 9th, 2013 6:00 pm

I wouldn?t want to rent from my parents if it?s the last thing that I would do. I could just imagine the curfews, the house rules, and having to run errands every now and then just because you can?t say no.


February 10th, 2013 12:00 pm

Renting from parents would actually be a good idea if you?re just starting out. Of course you need to optimize your resources and if you?re still very young, not a lot of options would be available because of your lack of experience and credit history. How just make sure to they?re and one-time so as to keep your relationship as smooth as possible.


February 11th, 2013 6:20 am

I think parents who are accepting rent from their children are heartless. I mean, even if the law says that no longer have the obligation to raise their children once their children reach age 18 years old, the fact that they?re the parents wouldn?t that matter to them? And talk about an eviction being a possibility for nonpayment that would be one of the harshest things a parent could do to this child.


February 12th, 2013 12:20 am

It?s OK to rent to your children?s rent but I don?t think its ethical for parents to rent to their children. But that?s just my opinion.


February 12th, 2013 6:40 pm

It?s pretty basic, if you can?t pay cheap rent to your parents then you can?t probably pay higher rent from apartment owners.


February 13th, 2013 12:40 pm

I would suggest that you be a good boy and not try not to your parents off because at this point, they?re the only people who are willing to rent to you. You can be tough but that?s if you?ve already established a credit history and you can afford a more expensive place to stay.


February 14th, 2013 6:40 am

Usually, if you?re renting from your parents you will not get a written lease agreement. However, know that oral agreements will still be considered by law. So there is no escaping the fact that you still have to pay your rent.


February 15th, 2013 12:40 am

Yes, filing a complaint against your marriage will be really difficult. This is because you are risking the possibility of for and for scarring the relationship and in most cases you probably don?t want that.


February 15th, 2013 6:40 pm

Is there any way to file a case anonymously? If there are, then I would really love that. Don?t get me wrong?if I?m renting from my parents then they are my landlords and then, the tenant-landlord will apply.


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