Does a landlord have to notify a tenant prior to the expiration of his lease that it will automatically renew?

Asked on September 19, 2011 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Good question. No, a landlord does not have to notify a tenant that a written lease will automatically renew for a new term at the end of its expiration unless the tenant or the landlord under its terms gives the required notice that either one will not be renewing it.

The reason is that the laws in many states hold that absent fraud, a person who signs a written documents is presumed to have read and understood it.

If youhave a written lease with an automatic renew provision, you need to carefully read it since its terms and conditions control the obligations owed to you by the landlord and vice versa in the absence of conflicting state law. Good luck.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.