Posted by John. F on November 24, 2001 at 17:25:23:
In Reply to: Is notice valid? posted by MAtt on November 18, 2001 at 02:20:46:
Once the lease expires it is not your responsibility to have to be writing these type of letters. It is the LL's responsibility to give you a new lease ahead of time. If he does not then the rental agreement defaults to a standard month to month tenancy, where LL cannot ask you to move without valid reason, and you only have to give notice one month from when you are going to move.
So you were doing more than you were expected to do. The only signed agreement in writing is for the month of Sept. The next two were not agreed, if he does not sign or get back to you, one must assume you had no permission to stay after September. I think moving out was correct as you had no permission to stay, and had given your notice in writing. There was a communication problem, but that was the fault of the LL. He should have had somebody in charge in his absence, or should have left a method to contact him.
So I think you have a good case, and should stay with it. Asking for all of October says that he wants to be paid twice for Oct. 17-31, which is not fair, also the rental service was for him and would have to have been paid whenever you did move out. The most rent that he should try If you wanted to save the time and trouble, perhaps you could offer to pay for half of the 16 days, that is offer to pay Oct. 1-8.
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