I have a one year lease at my apartment in Los Angeles. The lease says that "Tenant has option of a lease extension for 2nd year for $xxxx per month." I notified the landlord almost 2 months prior to the end of the lease that I will be exercising this option. She agreed. Today (31 days before the original lease term ends), she told me that she needs the apartment for her family and does not want to renew the lease. She said I can stay an extra month if that helps me find a place. Can she do that? Isn't the option I have a legal right and in my discretion to exercise?
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Generally, you are correct. You need to read over your lease and option agreement and see what exact steps you needed to take to exercise the option. If you have met all conditions, then the landlord should honor the renewal, and landlord's failure to do so would constitute her breach. Under the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization scheme, a landlord needs to go through certain procedures to recover a unit for owner/family occupancy, and you can get some idea about it in the link below. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.
I agree with Mr. Mashal. It sounds as if you have renewed your lease, but double check that you followed the procedure in the lease. Good luck.
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Even assuming there was no option for a second year, if the unit is under the City of Los Angeles Rent Stablization Ordinance, the landlord can only terminate your tenancy (or refuse to renew it on a month to month bais) for specified reasons such as owner (or family) occupancy provided several conditions are met, including payment of substantial relocation assistance. To find out of the RSO applies, contact the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department at:
If unit is not under the RSO, then you can still section to enforce the lease option. If it is valid, the landlord will have to buy out your lease, if you do not want to leave early.
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