I received a letter from my landlord stating they won’t be renewing my lease and we have to move out by 6/16/19. No reason given. My lease ended 3/31/19 and was supposed to automatically renew for an additional year on 4/1/19. I received the letter 4/8/19 with the letter stating it was written 4/5/19. The postage also said it was mailed 4/5/19. I’ve lived here for 7 years and I’ve had an automatic renewal lease for another year since I moved in. I’ve paid my rent every month on time, never received any type of warning or complaint and have kept the house in great condition. Since my landlord didn’t give me any notice before my lease ended, along with already cashing my April 2019 rent check before I even received the nonrenewal notice, does that mean my lease automatically renewed for another year again and my landlord is breaking the lease?
We really don’t want to move. I’ve tried asking my landlord if there was anything we could do to change her mind. Her response was just that the decision had already been made and there was nothing that could be done. She did offer to give me a good recommendation to any future landlords that I may rent from.
Thank you for your help!
So, at this point I would recommend that you speak to an attorney directly. Your attorney will need to review your lease and specifically the automatic renewal provision. In PA, renewal provisions can get interpreted by magisterial courts as either a renewal of the original lease term or converted to a month to month. Please note, that all of this comes down to the lease agreement, and how the parties have acted towards the agreement.
Now, given the facts that you have presented, and your history in your dealings with your landlord; it's likely that you both intended the lease to renew for a year. Given that you have 7 years of repeated performance.
So this is why the lease needs to be looked at. If the lease is clear about how and for what term it renews for then in theory you would have a lease through April of 2020. Now if your lease instead changed to month to month, then the earliest that a landlord could likely have you out would be a 30 day notice to quit on the basis of a non-renewal of the lease.
But as I have said this is something that needs to be reviewed by a landlord tenant attorney. Now, if your lease did move to a month to month, at this point I am thinking that your landlord is not following the law on termination of your lease. Again, you should have an attorney carefully review all the facts.
However, at this point you need to retain an attorney.
The lease should provide how much notice has to be given before the automatic renewal kicks in. If there really is an auto renewal provision, it could not possibly allow notice after the new term has already begun. Have a lawyer review the lease for you.
This response is for information purposes only. You should not rely on this abbreviated response but should consult with an attorney about your particular facts. Unless I am engaged, there is no attorney-client relationship.
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