Q: Iij am asking for an elderly friend. His land lord is terminating his lease.. but the tenant does not want this..
He has lived here over 20 years. I know the land lord is terminating this lease because he cant raise the rent to what he gets from new tenants.. he also has wants to make renovations on this apartment. Wich I understand. But does my friend have to be homeless because of the landlords needs
A: If the tenant's lease is not expiring, landlord cannot make him leave until the end of the lease term. But if the tenant's lease is expiring, then unless the lease gives tenant an automatic renewal or a right to renew, landlord is not under any obligation to renew or extend the lease term, and it doesn't matter why landlord refuses. If tenant doesn't vacate at the expiration of the lease, then landlord can file an eviction. Tenant should try to work it out with landlord, or offer to move to another apartment so this one can be renovated. But landlord does not have to agree to that, and landlord could ask for more rent. At the end of the lease term, landlord can file to evict him, even though evictions are on hold or take longer in some courts because of the virus, and some tenants are protected from eviction because of action by the federal Center for Disease Control. Tenant can check if he meets those requirements. But tenant should avoid having an eviction filed. An eviction is a permanent pubic record and can make it difficult for tenant to rent from a landlord who checks.
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