8 months ago, the condo where I live approved a 7 month lease with a clearly stated automatic renewal clause which states that a new tenancy of 3 months is created at the natural expiration of the lease, under the same terms of the original lease. Now they say that they do not have to honor this renewal clause because the rules do not allow for lease extensions. Considering they already, in writing, approved the lease in question, don't they have to honor it? Also, I've been told that FL law allows for "reasonable", not "arbitrary" rules in condos; does anyone know where in state statute that can be found?
If the condo docs prohibit lease renewals, then they can legitimately deny the automatic renewal if there is a reasonable basis for this. Sometimes it is to keep down the number of rentals because too many rentals causes the condo to lose eligibility for FHA financing of mortgages. The law on reasonableness is not a statute, but case law or judge made law. The courts have established this law.
You will need to hire a condo lawyer to assist you if you plan of fighting this. There are special rules which apply and require the dispute to be submitted to arbitration after providing notice.
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