Q: My husband and I moved into our one-bedroom Glendora apartment about a year ago. We signed a one-year lease. Now our landlady wants to turn our least into a month-to-month rental agreement. She says that if we don’t sign the new agreement, she will evict us. Can she do that? If we sign the agreement, is there a chance that she could still evict us? She just raised the rent by $25 a month, and we’re afraid that she’ll continue to do so with this new month-to-month arrangement and no rent control in the city.
A: The landlady can require you to move out with a 30-day notice at any time now that the lease has expired. She doesn’t need a reason in Glendora, such as “they didn’t sign a new agreement”, to do so. Don’t be overly concerned with the $25 rent increase as annual rent increases are fairly common within the industry. If your landlady really wanted you to move out, she probably would not have offered you a month-to-month rental agreement.
From “The BEST of Apartment Life: How To Survive Apartment Living and Ownership,” by Kevin B. Postema.