New York landlords must give tenants written notification of the following:
- If there is an “automatic renewal” clause in the lease, the landlord must give the tenant fifteen to thirty days advance notice that the rental period is about to be automatically renewed.
- Non-payment of rent: The landlord must properly serve the tenant with a three-day notice to pay late rent or vacate the premises.
- Other violations of the lease: The tenant must be served with written notice that if violations of the lease are not corrected within a certain amount of days specified in the lease, the lease will be terminated.Examples of violations are: improper subletting, excessive noise or violation of a no-pet provision.
- A month-to-month lease, unless otherwise specified, may be terminated by either the landlord or the tenant on a full month’s notice.No specific reason is necessary for the landlord to terminate the lease of a month-to-month tenant.For example, in order to terminate a lease effective November 30, notice must be given no later than October 31.No notice is required to terminate a lease for a fixed-term (e.g. January 1 through December 31).However, a tenant should be sent a written reminder, well in advance of the expiration of the lease, that he or she will have to move if the lease is not renewed in writing by a certain date.
- Landlords may increase the rent (except in rent-controlled apartments) of month-to-month tenants on a full month’s notice.