Can the owner of the salonthat Iwork at terminate me for no reason, whenI rent a booth?

I rent a booth on a week-to-week bases; there is no rental agreement. I have been there for 5 years and never missed my rent or have been late with a payment. Does the salon owner have to give me a notice before they can make me leave?

Asked on December 2, 2010 under Real Estate Law, South Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you're a both renter, you are a commercial tenant. If there is no written lease, then there is an oral (or verbal) lease and you are a month-to-month tenant, so they should give you a month's notice. However, as long as they give you the proper notice, they can terminate the arrangement for  any reason or no reason, just as you could stop renting from them on one month's notice for any reason or no reason at all. Oral leases are obviously flexible, but offer no real protection and again, it's critical to bear in mind that no reason is needed to terminate a commercial tenancy at the end of a lease term (so with a month-to-month, that's why one month's notice is needed--it takes you to the end of the next "term").

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