Will an e-mail from my landlord stating that lease is month-to-month be sufficient?

UPDATED: Oct 8, 2011

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Will an e-mail from my landlord stating that lease is month-to-month be sufficient?

I had a lease beginning almost 3 years ago; it was for 1 year. Per the lease it states it will automatically renew for 1 year at the end date of the lease unless tenant gives landlord at least __ days notice on a the 2 year anniversary date. I overnighted a letter asking if I could do a month-to-month lease. I received an e-mail from her stating it’s month-to-month and to give her a 30 day notice when I wish to vacate. I did this and now she is stating I owe her rent because I was still under lease because it renewed. I still have her e-mail stating that it’s month-to-month and the letter that I sent her.

Asked on October 8, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It is important for you to carefully read the written lease that you have with your landlord that expired in that its terms and conditions control the obligations owed to you by the landord and vice versa in the absence of conflicitng state law.

If your lease had an automatic renewal provision and your landlord sent you an e mail confirming your intent to have a month-to-month lease as opposed to a renewed two (2) year term, then you have a month-to-month lease. The e mail by the landlord operates as an admission of a month-to-moth lease with you and your confirming letter which you kept a copy of is confirmation of this shorter lease term.

Good ouck.

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