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My situation is that I have two houses on one lot. The main house I rent through a property management service (I am out of the country). The other small house is reserved for my personal use.

The property management told the new tenant I would only be in the house for 1 to 2 weeks a year. Although true at the time my situation has changed and I will be returning to Calif. for up to 6 months. 

I do not trust the property management to notify the tenant of this change, and the lease is up for renewal February 2009 (They didn't notify the tenant of my last visit).  Should I notify the tenant personally through e-mail and should I also notify the property mgt?   Should I give 60 days notice before the lease is up?

I want to handle this as cordially as possible.


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I would send a written notice, not e-mail, to both the tenants and the PM.  Let them know that you will be using the property as your personal residence as of xx/xx.  This could be considered a change in terms, so you want to be sure both are officially notified.  Send the notices by certified mail, and give notice 60 days before the lease expires in case they don't like having you live there with them.  This gives them the option to not renew and move out if they wish.

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