Written leases are in effect only for the period specified in the lease itself, which could be one year, five years, etc. For written leases, no notice is required from the owner to the tenant that the lease will not be renewed unless the lease specifically states that notice of termination is required. Unless it contains a renewal clause, the lease automatically terminates at the end of the lease period. The tenant generally has no right to have a written lease renewed unless the lease contains a renewal clause.

For example, if a written lease stated nothing at all regarding renewal, the lease would automatically terminate at the end of the lease period and would not be renewed. A written lease could, however, state that the lease was automatically renewed, unless either party notified the other (usually by a certain date) that the lease would not be renewed.

Termination notice. The formal notice to a tenant (or landowner) that a lease is terminated should be written and possibly sent registered mail (consult your attorney). A copy of the written notice should also be kept. A verbal termination notice might be adequate, but could be difficult to prove in court if litigation were necessary to enforce the lease termination. The six-month prior notice deadline for verbal leases applies to the date the notice is received by the tenant, not the date the notice is sent by the landowner.