Can my landlord penalise me for leaving in a month-to-month lease?
Hi, I am a student and I had a lease with my landlord for the year 2016. I continued to stay for 2017 without a lease renewal. During the course of the year I received a bursary and informed my landlord that I will not be liable for my own rent as the bursary will pay out. After two months my landlord informed me that it had been too long without rental and suggested I pay from my own pocket and she will reimburse me when the bursary has paid out. I informed my landlord that this will be financially overwhelming and I will pay the rent of the months lapsed but will have to move out as she is unable to wait for the bursary payout. She now wants to hold me liable for loss of future rental. Please help. – Lindiwe
Hi Lindiwe, a month-to-month lease does not fall within the purview of the Consumer Protection Act, and can therefore be terminated by either party on a month’s notice. Simple! No penalty can be applied.
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