Los Angeles, CA
I have been at my current address for 6 years now. My landlord has resigned me to the same lease twice now. My landlord just hired a property manager to manage different aspects of repairs and so forth. We have always had a good relationship. I have always paid the rent on time, never missed a month, I take care of the house often making repairs and improvements and billing any purchased items back to the landlord by deducting it from the next months rent and providing the landlord the receipts. I basically do the labor for free. When the work is too much I call one of three contractors the landlord has provided me. All has been good.
However with the addtion of the new property manager also came a new lease. Previously when the lease expired we automatically went to month-to-month keeping the original terms of the lease. Had the new lease been identical to the original one (2 pages) I would have signed it without hesitation, but the new lease is now 7 pages and conflicts with the terms of the original lease - which has been more than sufficient for over 6 years. As well, the new lease is a month to month lease.
Whats the purpose of signing a new month to month lease when technically I am already in a month to month lease? Do I have to sign the new lease and can the landlord evict me if I choose not too? I asked what this was all about and they claimed they are moving all their tenants to a new standard lease. But the terms of the new lease conflict with old lease the existing living arrangements.