Lease Renewal Law and Legal Definition

A landlord generally may refuse to not renew a lease without providing a reason. Except for rent regulated apartments, a tenant may only renew the lease with the consent of the landlord. If a lease contains an automatic renewal clause, the landlord must typically give the tenant advance notice of the existence of this clause between 15 and 30 days before the tenant is required to notify the landlord of an intention not to renew the lease. A lease renewal may be negotiated with different terms from the current lease. Local laws vary, so consult an attorney or housing organization for applicable law in your area.