Q: Year contract is up in June and landlord wants us to sign another year lease by Jan. Do we have a month to month option
We chose this rental house because the contract states that after a year of renting (up in June) we have the option to go month to month. This is ideal for our situation as we look to buy a home. The property manager is raising the rent $100 which is fine but is requiring us to sign and commit (by January) to another year long lease. Do we still have the legal option of going month to month since that was the initial signed contract? We live in Eugene Oregon (Lane County). Thanks.
A: It depends upon the exact wording in your lease. Most leases provide that unless the parties either renew the term lease or one notifies the other that they do not wish to renew, the tenancy then automatically becomes a month to month tenancy. That is NOT an option guaranteeing the tenant the choice to become month to month. So one needs to look at your lease wording critically and carefully. Normally a landlord is not required to offer you a month to month option so any right you might have to insist upon it would have to be expressly provided for in your existing lease.
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