Asked by user in Florida.
My landlord had me sign a new contract in January 2021, but she kept the lease terms from January 2020 to December 2020 in the document. The document does state that once the contract term is over that it would be a month-to-month rental. I would like to move out by the end of March, but the landlord is saying that I’m obligated to stay until the lease ends in 2021.
When there is a dispute about the meaning of an unclear term in a lease, the courts look to the intent of the parties to resolve the issue.
In this case, it seems clear that the parties intended the lease to be extended for a year (January 2021 to December 2021). If this was not the intent of the parties, there would have been no reason to sign a new lease (as the parties could have remained in a month-to-month agreement without signing a new lease).
In other words, based on the information you have provided, your landlord would likely win if she were to take you to court to enforce the lease agreement. I would recommend trying to resolve the issue outside of court. If you’re unable to do so, I would recommend meeting with a contract attorney and having them review the entire contract.
Patrick graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in English and Criminology where he also commissioned into the Florida National Guard as an Artillery Officer. He received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University and is licensed to practice law in Florida. Patrick specializes in personal injury litigation and criminal defense cases.Contact attorney