Are you in a situation where you need to get the fuck out of your home because your landlord wants to sell up while you’re still warm and cosy in the middle of a tenancy agreement? Yeah, it happens.
I imagine it can be extremely worrying and frustrating for any tenant thrown into that situation. There are two ways the tenant can play it. That is, either kick up a fuss and refuse to vacate the premises, or just roll with the punches and gracefully slide out the door.
However, as far as the law is concerned, the tenant doesn’t have to vacate…
- Your tenancy isn’t unaffected. You can remain in the property until the tenancy ends.
- If your Tenancy Agreement stipulates that you have another 6 months left until the end date, then that remains binding.
- You don’t have to allow access for viewings. The only time the landlord can force entry is strictly under emergencies (e.g. a fire). Refer to the blog post on Tenant’s Right To Live In Quiet Enjoyment for further details.
- If you feel like leaving early, you could surrender the tenancy in exchange for a cash settlement.
So by all means, you do have rights in this situation. You could make life extremely difficult for the landlord.
Issue to take into consideration
As a tenant, before deciding to be a stubborn mule, take into consideration the facts. If your landlord gave you notice and asked nicely, then there’s no real reason to be stubborn. Granted, it would entail extra effort and unwanted hassle of moving out and finding a new place to stay on your behalf. However, renting is always temporary anyways, so you would have had to cross that path at some stage. There’s no point being a pain in the ass just for the sake of it. Only stand your ground if there’s a genuine reason to, as opposed to being stubborn.
Moreover, it might be worthwhile finding out WHY the landlord is selling. Is the landlord having financial difficulties? In that case, would you really want to make life even more difficult for him/her? I guarantee the stress of having to sell to kill debt is a lot greater than having to find a new place to rent.
I base those thoughts of consideration based on the decency of the landlord. If the landlord is a complete pompous ass, and always has been, then I would happily make things extremely difficult for the landlord, and demand a dollop of personal financial gain for persuasion.