The only dates on the lease are the date to end lease which is 12/31/14 . There is that clause that says if I default have 24 hour notice. What does that mean?
I am a little bit confused. Is the landlord refusing to renew your lease on January 1? Or did you default on the payment of rent or breach the lease in any other way? What does the notice say? How did you receive it? All of these questions (and more) need to be answered to get a good answer.
In general, if your lease is ending the landlord must give you one month notice that he or she is not going to renew your lease. Did you receive the notice on 12/01/2014? If so, then you will have to move out at the end of the lease term. If you holdover and stay after 12/31, then the landlord will most likely pursue an eviction action against you. So long as the landlord properly notified you, he or she will win, you may be responsible for court costs and landlord's attorney's fees, you will have an eviction on your record, and you will find it difficult to rent anything again for a while.
I would suggest looking for a new place to live if the landlord is simply refusing to renew your lease. If you have defaulted in some way, I would speak with the landlord ASAP and see if you can work something out or risk being served with an eviction petition.
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You should ask the landlord for clarity purposes. A notice to vacate pursuant to a breach of a lease would typically provide a time frame to move. Further, the landlord probably isn't going through an eviction proceeding when your lease terminates in less than three weeks.
With that being said, you should review the notice provisions in the lease to see how much notice is required from the landlord to terminate the lease, if any. Depending upon the answer, you should see whether the lease states that the lease rolls to a month-to-month tenancy after the expiration of the initial term if notice to terminate is not provided in the applicable time frame.
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