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How does a 6-month or 12-month lease differ from a month-to-month lease for a person / roommate renting a room in the lessor's house?

Asked by Trulia Naples, Naples, FL Tue Oct 30, 2012

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My first response would be, "Why do you ask?" Generally speaking, a 6 or 12 month lease is just that - for a period of 6 months or 12 months. A month to month is for one month at a time, but all of them would normally require a minimum of a 30 days notice to terminate. That being said, check your lease agreement - always, always, always! What did you agree to? It should all be in the lease agreement.

However, if you're asking prior to signing a lease, you may want a real estate attorney to review the lease agreement with you prior to signing anything. Better safe than sorry.
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A lease is typically for a specific term for a specific total amount of money. For example, a 12 month lease at $1000/month, is a lease for $12,000 at term. If you break the lease after 7 months, you would still owe the landlord $5000.

A month to month lease at $1000/month is simply that. A lease for a total of $1000. It is actually just rent, not a lease.

Hope this helps,

Margaret Hassani
Broker, Lightning Realty
Phone/Text: (813) 766-1501
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Rentals in Florida less than 6 months have a 10% tourist tax, so most rentals require 6 months and 5-7 days longer. Most rental communities will not lease for less than 6 months.
The Florida Realtors lease contract does not allow for subleasing unless the landlord approves.
Florida law does not allow for a lease, when using a Florida Supreme Court approved lease, for a longer time than 12 months; however, it can be extended with mutual agreement or new lease.
KathyBC 800-448-3411 ext 601...(10/30).
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