but it may still be legal for you to occupy both floors The thing you are probably not allowed to have are beds on the lower floor.
You may be entitled to all your rent back depending what the lease says check with an attorney.
What does the lease state? If it states you are renting both units in the duplex, there is not much they can do to just kick you out without a justified cause and an eviction notice.
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One of the terms of my licensce as a real estate broker/agent is that I am not allowed to practive law. You wouldn't want my legal advice anyway as while I did attend a top ten law school, I didn't finish the first semester. That's how long it took me to realize I didn't want to be an attorney.
Your questions however bring up more questions and you do have rights as a tenant.
If you send me an email, I will be happy to forward to you a list of real estate attorneys I work with on a regular basis who can offer their advice and services.
Best of luck to you.
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