No attorney can tell you what this clause of your lease means without actually reviewing your entire lease, or the entire clause at the very least. I would also note, not knowing what your lease states or what clauses mean is not a good thing. You should take some time and invest in consulting with an attorney for an hour or so to make sure you understand the document that you are having your tenants signs and your rights under the lease.
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I agree with counsel. The answer is ONLY in the lease. IF the lease says that after the first lease expires, that the lease automatically renews for another year, THEN the tenant is bound by those terms, and MUST stay another year, or be sued by you for violating the lease (OR you could do what ever you want and let her out of the lease, as you are the landlord) . In the alternative, if the lease says that after the expiration of the lease period, the lease will turn into a month to month tenancy, THEN, she can give you 30 days notice and move out after that time without problems or liability. If the lease is silent, arguably it defaults to a month to month lease (see above) Good luck. There are VERY specific laws that relate to security deposits, and the return of them. Make sure you comply with them. Good luck. You might want to see an attorney as you appear to be a new landlord.
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