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    Landlord Wants to Break Lease

    Thank you to everyone for your practical and honest responses! I understand the realities but was hoping to understand the legalities and my rights before going into the meeting. In case you wondered about the outcome... The wife has paperwork proving her ownership and with advice from her lawyer (who was also in the meeting), she decided not to ask me to move out. The former agent is still trying to get her money (and the contents which she purchased) but the attorney has taken over all discussions and has advised me (witnessed by the police) to simply enjoy living where I am, pay my rent on time - to the legal owner- and not to worry about anything else. So ... happy ending! For now ... :)
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    Landlord Wants to Break Lease

    I have lived in my apartment almost 3 months. At 5:30am last week someone started banging on my apartment door - and continued for over 3 hours. It turns out that my landlord was divorced and the wife now owns the property. There is also an agent involved (she actually leased the unit from the ex-husband so in theory she should be getting the rent) and all the parties are fighting over who gets my rent. The police are now involved but since I don't speak nor understand Chinese, I'm not sure exactly what is going on with that. I was informed yesterday that the wife (who now owns the property) wants me to move out. However, she is not willing to reimburse me for any of the expenses I put into the apartment (replaced/repaired some of the plumbing, hired someone to clean up the bug-infested kitchen, dry cleaning of blankets left behind that were filthy and stunk, etc.). She is also not willing to pay my agent fee although I will obviously have to pay one for a new apartment. What rights do I have? Can she just break the lease? And, if so, how much notice is she required to give me? Thanks in advance for any assistance or direction anyone can offer.
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    I might be interested in the oven , is it still available?
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