Landlord tenant dispute
So. My current landlord offered us a place to stay on his building. We said ok. We needed a place to stay. There was no signed lease and he didn’t ask for a damage deposit we still agreed to pay the rent amount. And we were. But found out another tenant in the building that he trusted to collect rent payments were posting them on his own rent. And spend a month slowly paying off my balance. But this created a bad name for us. Cause we were now being shown as not paying rent. We confronted this guy and even told the landlord to his face that this is what he admitted to us and I figured it would be cleared up. No. They still haven’t posted my rent for decemher claiming it’s owed to November because they didn’t clear up the books.so we said we were going to pay January rent until they clear up the mistake and take my rent money this guy didn’t pay like he said he would.
July 2017 we moved in here. The month we agreed to sign a lease is when we discovered what that trusted tenant was doing. Now I have an eviction notice over this unpaid rent that they knew about and obviously didn’t fix. I feel like I’m being treated unfair.
What options can I take pursue to get this cleared up yet still keep my home, I have 4 children. This isn’t fair. The trusted tenant delivered the notice. And snidely comments you are 2 months behind on your rent.
I have proof of residency for 5 months with no lease or damage requested or given. And we still paid.
All ignorance aside I don’t want to fight with my landlords they did help me when I really needed but I don’t think it’s right they ignore my requests to clear up those payments. And then evict me for it.
But what can I do to ensure I don’t lose my home?