New Haven, CT asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut

Q: I'm a holdover tenant in an apt in CT. My landlord proposed a lease addendum. If I sign it, will I still be a holdover?

The original one-year lease ended in 2012. I would like to keep my month-to-month tenancy. The proposed addendum does not include any language about timing/terms.

1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL

A: In most states a "holdover tenant" is called a "tenant at sufferance"--which means you can be evicted at anytime--even without notice. However, if you are still paying your rent on a month=to-month basis, the law would probably allow you stay for at least 30 days from the date of written notice to vacate. So, unless the written lease addendum specifically allows tenants at sufferance, you are at best a month-to-month tenant.

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