Renting and the Law: Tenant gave verbal notice; is that enough?

  • by: KELLY KLEIN
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Q: I’m hoping you can help me out with a jam I got myself into. Last February I signed a six-month lease on a unit in a 55-plus senior community. The lease stated that a two-month notice was to be given prior to moving out. After living here about a month, I knew this place was not for me. It will be great in about 10 years when I’m 65. So I waited until May, with the intention of giving my two-month notice then. I met with the management company, and they said they would love to have me sign a one-year lease. I told them, although I don’t have a place to move to yet, I am leaning toward moving elsewhere. We agreed that I would just pay my monthly rent, with no new lease in place, and then I could move out when I find somewhere else to live. But they still insist that I have to give a two-month notice when I find a place. Is this right, Kelly, even though I don’t have a lease?

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