What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Pennsylvania
I signed a 1 year lease, managed by a real estate agency for an owner, which started on 10/1/07.
Regarding the Rental Term, the form (with shows at the bottom "Copyright Pennsulvania Association of Realtors 2007) is check for item 5 as follows:
"This Lease will AUTOMATICALLY RENEW for a term of 1 year (also called the "Renewal Term") at the End Date of this Lease or at the end of any Renewal Term unless:
1. Tenant gives Landlord at least 60 days written notice before End Date or before the end of any Renewal Term, OR
2. Landlord gives Tenant at least 60 days written notice before End Date or before the end of any Renewal Term."
It is now August 24th. I assumed my lease would automatically renew, as per the Residential Lease terms.
Landlord (actually, the real estate agency--the property management firm) called today (yes, Sunday) about my leaving the apartment since the lease is not being renewed. I told him I had no idea what he was talking about. He said he sent the notice of non-renewal in June. I did not receive it. He would not tell me why it wasn't being renewed.
I've paid all my rent on time, and get along with all my apartment neighbors. Never any problems.
What options do I have? Since I didn't receive the notice, can I insist that the automatical renewal be enforce, since he can't prove he ever sent me anything? If I can do this, is the landlord allowed to demand a huge rent increase as a way to still get me to leave? Or is there a cap increase amounts?
I'm at a loss at what to do, but I would prefer to stay. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.