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You have absolutely no obligation to sign this new lease in March or any time. If you don't sign it, you simply become a month to month tenant once the lease term if over. You can move any time you want and you may or may not be liable for the rent through the lease termination date because of the landlord's duty to mitigate. What that means is that even if you may not have the right to terminate your lease, once you notify the landlord you are terminating, the landlord has a legal affirmative duty to mitigate the damages by using reasonable efforts to re-lease the property. Once the property is re-leased, or if the landlord does not use reasonable efforts to re-lease, you would then be off the hook for further obligation. Given the current positive lease market, it is unlikely a judge is going to rule a landlord has satisfied the burden of using reasonable efforts to mitigate if the property is not re-leased within at least 2 months. So, the sooner you give the landlord notice, the sooner the landlord has a duty to begin trying to re-lease the property.
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That is correct. You can't be evicted without the landlord giving you a 30 day notice of termination and then going through the formal eviction process which can take several months.
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