Towson, MD asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: If my lease renewal was not the same as my original lease, without any notice, what can I do.

My lease renewal did not have any option to include or disinclude parking, which was included on my original lease. I received an email that my parking is being revoked and I now have to park 10 minutes away from apartment complex. I never received any notice of any changes to my lease prior to or after renewing it.

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: It might be a good idea to review the lease and the local L&T law in the context of the statutes, but you are probably within your rights to give notice that you will not be renewing and, if you are month-to-month or under the notice period provided by the lease or local law, stay under the old lease until your notice period expires. If you sign the new lease, however, you are bound by it. If, however, your lease provides for renewal notice by a date certain before expiration, and this renewal was timely, you might need to leave at the end of your lease to preserve your rights. Sometimes, a landlord may assume the tenant will feel pressured, and once you notify of your departure, the issue becomes negotiable.

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