Are you a month-to-month renter, or do you have a lease? If you're month-to-month, the landlord can give you 30 or 60 days' notice for virtually any reason at all. If you're in a set lease (6 months or a year, etc.) you may have a bit more protection, but I'm reasonably sure that a continual failure to pay the rent on time is, in fact, justifiable grounds for eviction. Your agreement may not specifically mention numerous late payments as grounds for eviction because when you moved in it was simply assumed (though wrongly, it seems) that you understood your obligation to uphold your end of the agreement by doing the single most crucial thing a tenant can do- paying the rent on time. I mean, that's like saying, "my college refused to give me my degree just because I never showed up to class. They didn't tell me at the beginning that I'd have to show up for class every day in order to get the degree." Some things are just understood. You want to get a degree, you have to go to class. You want to live in an apartment, you have to pay the rent. Why should that be spelled out for you? Shouldn't you already know this? Bottom line; you don't pay the rent on time, of course you can be evicted. If you're in low-income housing in San Jose CA, one of the most expensive places in the entire country to live, there must be hundreds of deserving families who would kill for a chance to be where you are.