Hi there, So my boyfriend and I signed a...

Asked by Danielle Bussy on 24-04-2023 15:20:52
Question posted in the Landlord Tenant Law category relating to KwaZulu-Natal

Hi there, 

So my boyfriend and I signed a 6 month lease on the 1st of September last year (2022). This ended after six months (around the end of February 2023). After that time, I spoke to my landlord verbally to ask whether we should renew the lease. He said we can rather just do a month-to-month lease and that if we want to move out, we must just give a reasonable month's notice (this wasn't clarified in terms of a full calendar month etc., just a 'month' notice).

Now we want to move out, so on the 1st of April 2023, we phoned our landlord to give a month's notice and also sent an email outlining the notice after the phonecall on the 1st. However, he is now saying that we were meant to give notice a day before the 1st (on the 31st of March) so that it would be equal to a full calendar month. We feel this is unreasonable considering that our actual lease expired two months ago (it also contained no specifics on the notice period to be given) and we gave a reasonable month's notice on the 1st of April. Does this seem correct?

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