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My landlord left me a new lease, with instructions to sign it and return it no later than this coming Sunday.  My lease doesn't expire until December.  The new lease says it goes into effect on January 9th, 2009.  What are they trying to do here?

I believe my current lease says I have to give 30 or 60 days notice before vacating.  Not three and half months.  If I sign a new lease, I'll do it in December.

The rent would go up $70, too. 



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Sep. 20th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
In Wisconsin, they'd ask for renewal information a good three months ahead of time, but that was only a statement of intent. And in California the same thing would be considered highly bizarre behavior. Ken thinks it's perfectly normal to let a lease expire entirely and revert to month-to-month. I think that sounds loony (but then we actually did it, uh, two years ago). Without a longer lease, our condo's owner would have to give us 60 days notice if he wanted to raise rent or make us leave; I'm not sure if it goes both ways on the leaving notice (probably).

Which is to say, I'd definitely dig up the old lease and see what it says. He probably doesn't have the right to demand you sign a new lease this weekend.
Sep. 20th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
I've lived here 12 years and never had to even state my intentions before. They'd try to persuade me to renew early, leaving flyers in my mailbox promising professional carpet cleaning or an accent wall painted if I signed a few months ahead of time, but never a demand before. The management folks would just leave me a voice message saying, "Your lease is expiring on the nth. You need to sign a new one." But this is a new company that bought the complex a bit over a year ago, and they've cut office hours, reduced services, and raised rents.

Phooey, I say.
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