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I am sorry, I wish I had better news. It is the landlords right to refuse to renew a lease. They do not need a reason as it is their choice once the lease it over....same as your right to not wish to renew the lease if you had wanted to leave you would not be required to give a explanation.
The choice to renew a lease can be refused for any reason, if they chose to not re rent it to you.
I am sorry, I wish you the best in the new year.