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    Default Landlord notified that we cannot renew our lease

    Apartment complex in Houston, TX. Landlord sent out normal "renewal" letter stating that lease will be up in 90 days and we have option to renew for additional 7,9, or 12 months and we need to respond by at least 30 days before our lease ends on our intentions.
    In the meantime, it has not yet been 30 days (not even 60 days before the lease ends) and the landlord sent us a subsequent letter stating that we cannot renew our lease and we must move out at the lease end date. We have tried to get an answer on why the company will not allow us to renew and they refer us to their lawyer because they cannot discuss it in the rental office. We call the lawyer and he refers us to his paralegal, who never calls us back.

    My questions are as follows:
    1. Does the rental company have the legal ability to not allow us to renew our lease without providing us any explanation on why we cannot renew?
    2. Since the rental office initially submitted paperwork to us stating that we can renew and now they are attempting to "delete" this letter...does that make a difference to our rights?
    3. Does the rental company have the right to not let us renew based on personality differences or in our case language differences (i.e. there is a language barrier)


    thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Landlord notified that we cannot renew our lease but no

    Quote Quoting RoxQQ
    1. Does the rental company have the legal ability to not allow us to renew our lease without providing us any explanation on why we cannot renew?
    That depends upon whether your lease gives you a right to renew. If you have no right to renew, the landlord has no obligation to renew.
    Quote Quoting RoxQQ
    2. Since the rental office initially submitted paperwork to us stating that we can renew and now they are attempting to "delete" this letter...does that make a difference to our rights?
    Possibly, but under contract law offers can typically be withdrawn prior to acceptance. If the offer is mandated under your lease, the withdrawal may be a violation of your lease. But if not, you did not accept the offer, and the landlord can probably withdraw it. You may wish to discuss your situation with a local lawyer who represents tenants, or a local tenants union, to have your lease reviewed and such that you can get specific advice based upon the language of the lease, content of the letter, and laws of your state.
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    3. Does the rental company have the right to not let us renew based on personality differences or in our case language differences (i.e. there is a language barrier)
    They cannot engage in unlawful discrimination. But if they are not obligated to renew, and are choosing not to do so simply because they don't like your personality, that's not unlawful.

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    Default thank you

    thank you for the quick response

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    Default checked our lease and it does dictate auto renewal unless we

    Aaron- Checked the lease language and it DOES specify that the lease is automatically renewed for a month by month basis unless we indicate within 30 days of lease end date our intention to move out....so now it looks like I need to get a lawyer...since we have a somewhat of a case...thanks again

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