In the first case, if the landlord is choosing not to renew the lease, they need to inform the tenant and proceed with a notice to vacate at the conclusion of the lease.

In the event that the owner has decided to continue to move forward with a lease renewal, the first step then is to reach out to the tenant with the proposed new rental agreement and provide for them a window to review the new agreement or make arrangements to vacate.

It is recommended that the landlord should contact the tenant 90 days before lease expiration. This provides both landlord and tenant an acceptable amount of time to determine what both parties believe is in their best interests.

Provide the tenant a specific time frame within which they need to get back to the landlord with an answer.

Once the answer is given from the tenant, the landlord then can proceed to either provide for them a completed lease with changes or begin to prepare to re-list the apartment or property for rent.

So these are the three outcomes:
1. Provide the tenant a lease renewal form.
2. Prepare for the tenant vacate and relist the property.
3. Send current tenant a notice to vacate.

Should the landlord and tenant agree upon a month-to-month arrangement many property managers encourage increasing the rent slightly.

Another factor that should be considered upon agreed are the times between the landlord and tenant to allow the showing the apartment or the property prior to the tenant moving out. Such an agreement is important to maintain good relations between the current tenant and the future tenant. It will also minimize the amount of time that the apartment or property is vacant.

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