Can a landlord refuse to renew my lease?

In general, a landlord has the right to terminate a lease without giving a reason when the expiration of the lease term comes to pass. The landlord has no legal obligation to renew the lease or allow you to stay within the property for an extended period of time. Typically, a landlord will provide you with advance notice that the lease is up so that you can make arrangements to move out or to try and come to a new agreement with the landlord.

Lease Agreement

When becoming a tenant of a property, you will have to sign a lease agreement. This agreement will include terms such as how long you will be allowed to stay on site and how much your monthly rent will cost. In general, a lease will last six months to a year. As your lease agreement nears the end of the term, the landlord has the right to provide an eviction notice if they do not want to renew the lease once the term ends.

If the landlord wishes to begin the lease renewal process, then a new agreement will need to be signed and would go into effect after the term of your initial agreement.

Notice and Timing

The lease for the rental property can be renewed or extended if both the tenant and landlord are in agreement to do so. New terms can be chosen or the same terms used. If an agreement cannot be reached, then the tenancy will automatically convert to month-to-month or week-to-week based on payment type, after the fixed term ends.

However, the owner of the property does have the right to avoid renewal if they so choose. The owner may have decided to sell the property or no longer offer it for rent. There are many different reasons why a lease may not be renewed with a current tenant.

Before the lease can be terminated, the tenant and landlord are responsible for re-negotiating terms or terminating the lease. Tenants can give notice if they are on a fixed term lease and are planning on leaving the property. Landlords must provide a specific and valid reason to terminate a tenancy based on local legislation. A landlord is not allowed to terminate the lease simply due to the fixed term ending.

The landlord is required to have a valid reason and provide a written notice to the tenant. A required amount of time is needed for giving notice.

Knowing What To Do

If you are new to the rental property game, it is important to learn everything you can about lease agreements, including evictions, late rent payments, rent increasing, etc. At Latitude Properties, we have vast experience in managing residential rental properties and can easily assist you with handling difficult situations, including lease termination. Our knowledgeable staff is prepared to handle this for you, understanding all legal processes involved. Contact our office today to allow our team to begin handling your rental property needs.