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The first thing you have to do is look at the rental agreement. You stated that you mother has rented this property for over ten years. A lot of times when a person rents for this long in the same property they feel they will stay forever and do not sign a yearly rental agreement. Therefore leaving themselves open to the State or municipal laws. Since every state is different you really need to contact an attorney if you can not get the problem worked out with the landlord.... more