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Q.Are all rental agreements alike?

A.NO. There are several kinds of rental agreements, including a "lease" for a specific time period (typically one year) and renting "month-to-month." With a lease, the landlord cannot ask you to move, change the lease terms, or raise your rent unless you breach the lease or the lease says otherwise. A month-to-month tenancy is for no set period of time; it generally continues on a month-to-month basis until you decide to move or the owner asks you to leave. If you pay your rent monthly, you must give the owner a minimum of 30 days written notice of your intent to move.; similarly, the landlord must give you 30 days written notice (in some cases 60 days) to vacate or raise the rent.

Regardless of whether you have a signed lease or are a month-to-month tenant, if you break the rules (e.g., fail to pay the rent, create a nuisance, or use the dwelling for an illegal purpose), the landlord can give you a three-day notice and begin the eviction process.




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