Chesapeake, VA asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Must we sign another 1 year lease after having been paying month to month for a year?

We signed a lease for 1 year. That lease was up last year and we've been month to month. Can the landlord force us to sign a new 1 year lease?

1 Lawyer Answer
Elizabeth Crego
Elizabeth Crego
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: With a month-to-month lease, either you or the landlord can terminate at any time, provided you give the notice required in the lease and have the termination at the end of the month. So yes, the landlord can easily terminate this lease with you and require you to sign a new lease in order to stay in the property.

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