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can I be forced to move?

We moved into a house in Nevada a little over a year ago.  When we moved in we signed a six month lease and from then on it has been month to month.  now we get a letter from the owners ex-wife saying that she has to move out of her place because she makes to much money that she now has to move into our place,, we have never meet her signed any thing with her until now we have always dealt with the husband
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Check with a lawyer.

Your lease is with the owner--the husband. You say that the person who contacted you is the owner's ex-wife. The question is going to come down to whether she has the authority to terminate your lease. Maybe yes, maybe no.

For example--I'm not a lawyer, so this isn't legal advice--she may be a co-owner of the unit. If so, then it's possible that both she and her ex-husband needed to sign the six-month lease with you. If both signatures were required but only the husband signed, then the lease may have been invalid from the beginning. That's just one scenario under which she might have some legal leverage.

On the other hand, maybe the ex-husband is the sole owner. Maybe the divorce decree directed the husband to transfer ownership to the wife, but that hasn't occurred yet. Or maybe the wife just feels entitled to the property. In that case, she might not have a legally defensible position.

The husband--the person you signed the lease with--should at least be able to fill you in on the facts.

I'd suggest--and, again, I'm not a lawyer--contacting the husband, your landlord. Ask him what's going on. Don't respond directly to the wife, with whom you have no legal or contractual relationship. Then, once you have those facts, you may wish to contact a lawyer.

Good luck.
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You should contact the husband, and see if he is on the same page as his wife. If you are on a month to month lease, yes you can be asked to leave after a month. That's sort of what month to month means. 
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That kind of news is never good. I am not an attorney but through experience I belive that the wife can enforce what she has requested. That is if she follows guidelines like giving proper notice. If you had a lease and were not month to month you may have more rights. I would suggest that you get legal advise. I have dealt with Robert Noggle at Noggle Law PLLC and he may be able to advise you. There is also a great deal of information and guides to renters rights on the internet. Just google your question and you may find some additional direction there.
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Suzie Marquardt

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