My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California
I am renting my place to someone for a year and the lease agreement has a clause that allows the tenant to unilaterally renew the lease for 6 months "under separate agreement". No mention of the rate. My lawyer said that this allows for me to increase the rent. But after reading my Nolo law book I'm confused. It says "To be legal, option clauses must clearly set forth the terms of the renewed tenancy, including the new term, the rent (which can be different from the rent for the first term if the option clause clearly says so) and so forth. Most clauses do this by simply referring to the initial lease terms. An option clause that leaves any significant term, SUCH AS RENT or length of term, to further negotiation, or words to that effect, is of no effect and is not legally binding". What do they mean by that? That the tenant actually has no right to renew or that I have no right to raise the rent?