I want to stay in my rental property. How do I renew my lease?
If you have a written lease, it is very important to read it so that you can understand how renewal works under your lease. If you do not have a copy of your lease, your landlord should provide you with a copy. If you have more than one lease, the one in effect is the most recent one that you and the landlord signed.
Will my lease automatically renew?
Many written leases specifically state that the lease will renew automatically, unless either the landlord or the tenant give notice that they do not want to renew. The amount of notice required varies widely from lease to lease. The lease renews for could be the original term, or a new length of time. For example, a one year lease may automatically renew on a month to month term.
Does my landlord have to renew my lease?
Most private landlords are not required to renew the lease. If your landlord has decided to not renew the lease, you do not have a right to renew the lease and stay in the property. However, if you live in HUD, Low Income Housing Tax Credit or public housing, you do have a right to renew the lease.
If your lease does not state anything about lease renewal, and your lease term has expired but you are still living in the property, the lease term is now based on how often you pay rent. For example, if you pay rent every month, your new lease term is month to month. The same terms as the original lease apply.
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