What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state? Florida (Fort Lauderdale)
I need to obtain some information and advice regarding a situation in which my former domestic partner is threatening immediate expulsion from our rental unit. When we began to cohabitate beginning 03/01/04, we moved into a larger unit within the same building in which he was already living. Since the landlord was the same, his lease was altered to reflect the new unit with an agreement date from 03/01/04 to 02/28/05. Although my name was not on the lease, permission from the landlord was obtained for me to take residence (the lease states that 2 people occupy the unit). The lease was renewed a few weeks ago for 03/01/05 through 02/28/06 – and no information was changed or altered other than a small increase in rent.
Most utilities are in his name, and I pay 50% of the rent and expenses (if not more). My Florida driver’s license shows this as my address as does my car registration. The only bill I receive here is for our satellite-dish service, although all my mail does come here. My bank statements and credit card information reflect this address, as does all correspondence from my employer (401k statements, medical benefits, etc.).
I have now officially terminated the domestic partnership and am in preparations to move into my own place (anticipating no later than 04/01/05). I have advised him already of such, have made sure that all joint financial obligations are current and up to date, and have already paid him for half of the March rent.
He is however threatening me with immediate expulsion from the unit, as well as either tossing my belongings and personal possessions off of our 2nd floor balcony or putting everything outside in my parking space. He has also threatened to leave my pet (an indoor cat I have had for 5 years who does not have either her front or back claws) outside to let her free or to drop her off at an animal shelter as abandoned. He has also threatened to have the locks changed while I am at work and refuse any kind of entrance to me for the packing and removal of my personal belongings. To date, he has not provided anything in writing of intent to evict.
From what I have read on this site and on the web, it is my understanding that despite my name not being on the lease I cannot be forced from my home like this. What exactly would he have to do to officially have me forced from here prior to my already established move date? And, what right do I have should he attempt to follow through on any of his threats (i.e. tossing my belonging and cat outside, changing the locks, etc.)?
I appreciate any advice and information that anyone can provide.