If I am a month-to-month tenant, how does this impact my lease?

It depends on whether you’d like to keep your space, or if you’d like to close it for the time being. In either case, review your lease for the payment terms, what happens if you default or breach, what kind of notice you have to provide if you want to leave or stay (and what kind of notice the property owner has to provide) and the remedies if you default.

If you would like to stay in your commercial space, reach out to the property owner as suggested above. As we’ve mentioned before, the property owner may be happy to keep tenants in their spaces, given the current uncertainty of attracting and signing new tenants.

If you would like to leave, your lease may require you to provide at least 30-days’ notice of termination. You could still try to negotiate deferral or abatement of your rent until you’re able to leave under the terms of the lease.


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1. What should I do if I can’t pay the rent for my small business?
2. Can the federal CARES Act help me pay my rent?
3. Does Oregon’s “no evictions” order apply to commercial leases?
4. Can I negotiate a change to my lease?
5. Why would the property owner be willing to negotiate changes to my lease?
6. How do I approach negotiating with the property owner?
7. What are some terms that I can consider offering the property owner?
8. If I am able to reach an agreement with the property owner, can we just agree over the phone?
9. I can’t pay rent and can’t reach the property owner. Should I send them a letter explaining? Is that enough to forestall an eviction in the future?
10. What if I already missed a rent payment and the property owner sent me a default notice?
11. Am I still responsible for paying rent if I have to close my business?
12. Will a “Force Majeure” or “Impossibility” clause get me out of the lease?
13. What if my lease states that I have to be open during certain days and hours?
14. What if the property owner wants to cancel my lease because the location is good and they think they can get more money from another tenant?
15. What if I have to declare bankruptcy?
16. If I am a month-to-month tenant, how does this impact my lease?
17. I do not know if I have a lease (or can't find a copy of my lease). What should my next steps be?
18. Where can I find more resources?