can a commercial landlord refuse to renew a lease,ask for a month to month, with unlimited access to the unit?

So the church is located in Woodbridge, VA and our lease was up for renewal. However, the landlord now wants a month to month instead of a leasehold agreement, wants a copy of the church's keys with the right to enter at anytime. This would not be convenient because she can basically come during church services.
In Leasing Property - Asked by Ruth D. - Sep 17, 2017
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Juanita A.
Broker/Agent
Hallandale, FL

Hello Ruth,
Some basic terms for renewal may have been included in the original lease (or at least some guidelines) but in general, the landlord does not have to renew the lease and can ask for keys and access, unless there are local laws that give the tenant some protection. You may want to reach out to a local real estate attorney or real estate agent that specializes in your type of use (church) for more specific information.

Sep 19, 2017
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Ted B.
Broker/Agent
Wichita, KS

Once the lease expires without renewal, the landlord can give notice of new terms if you choose to stay in the property. If the terms are too onerous, then you have the option to vacate and go elsewhere. But yes, she has the right to dictate new terms if you choose to stay. You can try to negotiate limits to her access into your lives as a tenant, requiring access only at certain times and for certain reasons, if that is what would make things more palatable. The lease document is the key. With it you have guidelines, obligations, and restrictions. Without it you are at the landlord's mercy, subject to any state laws that might apply.

Sep 19, 2017
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Anand B.
Broker/Agent
Arlington Heights, IL

I know most people would say YES, BUT I know of some loopholes and strategies that can possibly prevent this.

Sep 28, 2017
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