Author Topic: Do I need to chase down a new contract?  (Read 830 times)

Sibley

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Do I need to chase down a new contract?
« on: July 10, 2015, 10:43:22 AM »
I rent a tri-level townhouse w/a roommate, been there for a year. The landlord is out of state, never even met her, but all communications with her have been fine. Since she's out of state, there's a real estate agent in town who took care of getting it rented (to us). This agent is a very nice flake.

Our lease is up this month. We're staying put, and replied to that effect when she asked. Also told her specifically that we'd be happy to sign a new lease.

It's been a month, and in the mean time we've been in contact with her and the agent (the ejector pump failed last weekend, that was not fun). Everything's fixed now, but we haven't heard anything about a new lease. All communications go through email, so there's evidence that we're staying and that we're willing to sign a new lease.

Do I need to push to get and sign a new lease with her? In terms of simplicity, I'd just like to leave it alone, but don't want to screw myself.

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Re: Do I need to chase down a new contract?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2015, 03:03:02 PM »
 It is most likely an oversight/laziness on the part of the landlord/agent. In my state, when contracts are not renewed, they usually revert to a month to month contract, which either party could terminate with 30 days notice. If you need the peace of mind of having a guarantee of staying longer, you could insist on a contract. It happened with a tenant or two of mine in the past and I didn't mind. Sometimes the landlords need a couple of reminders to get these things done...squeaky wheel gets the grease.

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Re: Do I need to chase down a new contract?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2015, 05:53:27 PM »
I get lazy myself sometimes and just go month-to-month.  It's no big deal.  A lease is there to protect the tenant, not the landlord.

Odds are, you landlord is just busy or lazy.

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Re: Do I need to chase down a new contract?
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2015, 09:11:05 AM »
Just continue month-to-month.  Enjoy the time with no rent increase :)