No, not necessarily. You are most likely considered a month to month tenant if you do not have a signed lease renewal or lease amendment. As such, the landlord can terminate your month to month tenancy by giving you a 30 or 60 day notice of termination.
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I will express one of my rare disagreements with Mr. Chen. Your email exchange very likely constituted a writing sufficient to extend your lease. Did you have any sort of signature in the email? A signature need not be a formal signature line; generally putting your name or initials at the end of the email will suffice. Did you discuss signing an extension, or did you just agree to extend?
I would look at your email correspondence to determine whether it was enough for a lease extension.