Williston, ND asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for North Dakota

Q: Can a landlord start a new lease without it being signed or agreed to?

I live in North Dakota. Upon the end of our lease, the lease states that it will automatically go month to month - we were month to month for a couple of months before our landlord sent a request for us to sign a new 6 month lease along with a rent increase via our rent portal. We did not sign that lease as we were exploring our moving options since we had the freedom to do so on our month to month lease. But they automatically started that new 6 month lease without a signature from us, is this legal?

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A: No. If you did not agree to the new six month lease, it is not yet effective.

Be aware, however, that they can demand that you surrender the premises and can commence eviction proceedings.

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