Q: Do I have to sign a new lease under property manager for apartment I've lived in 8 yrs under the same lease by landlord?
property manager lied to landlord stating I am 3 mos. behind to get me evicted when I owed Feb. rent of $525, $25 for Jan., and $10 from October. I knew I owed Feb. rent because it was 13 days late with $10 a day late fee. I paid it all in their office, Feb. 14. Was handed 30 eviction for refusing to sign lease under property manager name because I am under a lease with landlord for 8 yrs. Property manager stated I was $650 in late fee, I disagreed but paid it to keep him for having another reason to evict. I owe no money and my rent is paid for March. Can I be evicted for not signing his lease? I presented the leases to property manager and stated my reason for not signing and he took all three leases and did not return them. Has been under same lease signed eight years ago. What should I do?
A: You didn’t state when the current lease term ends. Here is what matters:
1. Is the lease term ending soon? If so, that’s all that really matters. A landlord isn’t required to renew a lease or enter into a new lease with you.
2. Are you in breach of the current lease? If not, you should be able to remain so long as you honor the lease terms.
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