Landlord forcing renewal decision after 3 months of lease?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee

It sucks, but if a property is in high demand, a landlord would be dumb not to have solid leases in place and take a chance you or someone will want to lease it in the future. If I were a landlord, I wouldn’t want to potentially lose rental income for months just to be nice.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My lease has a date that tells us when we have to give notice on whether or not we’re renewing. Our lease ends next September and we have to let our landlord know by May 1st. I live in a city with a billion college students, too, so the end of September does seem outrageous! Check your lease and see if there’s anything in there about when you need to let your landlord know.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant

I would renew the lease, and then if anyone wants to get out of it before next year, they will be responsible for finding someone else to take over their portion of the lease.  But then you would potentially be living with someone YOU didn’t choose or know, so I don’t know.  But that might be the only way to secure not having to move again next year.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I remember it was similar in my college town, people made lease renewals so early.  Where I live now, in a non-college city, it’s standard to request a renewal like 3 months out. 

It totally sucks but unless your lease mentions when renewal is, or the city has a law/regulation, there’s nothing you can do.  In college we had such as issues with that.  Signed a lease for the following year in Novemer with 3 other girls.  Except that by January one of those girls basically went off the deep end, wouldn’t even talk to two of us.  THe other was less crazy but sided with nutter.  We got super lucky that nutter-butter had money issues and had to back out of the apartment, and the landlord let us sub in another girl.  We were still stuck with the one girl that had sided with the crazy one so that still sucked a bit.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No, I think it is totally reasonable to ask you to make a decision. Your landlord doesn’t want to be stuck with no renters for a period of time, he would be losing money.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I live in college housing too, and we had to make a decision really quickly too.

I say, if you like the house and your roommates, or if a few roommates may leave but it would be easy to find replacements, go for it.

But BE SURE, or as sure as you can be, that your roommates are responsible and accountable (and have good back-up plans if they suddenly dont have enough for rent). We made this mistake last year by resigning a lease with one of our roommates who had started living with us less than a month previous and right now we’re in the process of forcibly removing him. At this point we don’t care that we wont be able to find a replacement, we want him gone. He hasn’t paid rent in full in over a year (after re-signing the lease), refuses to talk to his family for help, and it SUCKS to deal with this kind of situation. 

Thats my only advice. It sounds like you live in an area where housing fills up fast, so I would jump on it while you can if you’re relatively confident. 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Wow, that totally blows.  I don’t really have any advice, but I hope it works out for you!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Sign and then if you need to give notice. The lease is not effective until it begins on the start date. So techinically speaking you could renew and then change your mind and as long as you give proper notice per the lease you are fine… I am a property manager in MD. I would have to abide by this.  You need to read your original lease and renewal lease carefully but no he cannot hold you accountable for the new lease until it takes effect. So you can sign and back out if you need to.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Is the lease in all of your names? If not, then it’s not really a big deal- you’re being asked about the location, not the people. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

As a landlord, you’re pretty much out of luck on this one.

Even if your lease says that you have to give “XX” days notice that you will/won’t be renewing your lease, the landlord has the same right. He is well within his rights to show the house whenever he chooses, and if he has an interested party who wants to sign a new lease that begins 11 months from now, he can simply choose not to renew your lease at that time.

Since it’s such a popular house in a popular area, I would probably resign if you think any of you will want to live there next year. i’m sure it won’t be a problem changing the names on the lease once you have confirmed all of next year’s renters. Your landlord just wants to have something locked in so he doesn’t have to think about it again until this time next year!

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@juliana192:  it sucks that it wouldn’t be in your budget if she left, otherwise would it be possible to just renew under one person’s name if there’s anyone who definitely wants to stay and doesn’t mind finding other roommates?

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