Landlord Guide On Selling A Property With Tenants

Selling Property With Tenants

Let me put your spinning mind at ease by answering the most frequently asked question when it comes to selling a tenanted property

Yes, you can sell your property while it’s occupied with tenants; landlords do it all the time, and there’s diddly-squat your tenant can do about it. Facts!

However, whether you want to sell while it’s occupied is a whole other bag of jam donuts; there are several points that ought to be considered before [haphazardly] throwing your tenanted property onto the market…

Let’s get into it!

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Can I break my tenancy agreement to sell my BTL property?

If you wish to sell your property which is currently occupied with a tenant, you have two options:

  • Sell with the tenancy
    With this option, you will sell your property subject to the existing tenancy. That means your tenant will remain in the property after the sale is completed, and they will then start paying rent to the buyer and keep it as a BTL.
  • Complete sale after possession (i.e. eviction)
    In this case, you will need to terminate the tenancy before the sale is completed, so the property is vacant/untenanted.

    (side note: there are house-selling services available that will purchase your property as soon as it becomes vacant, which means you won’t experience void periods. I discuss this in more detail below in the how to sell a tenanted property section).

How to sell a tenanted property (5 options)

  • Option 1 (the traditional method): use your local high-street estate agent
  • Option 2 (super quick cash sale method): use a cash buying company
  • Option 3 (cheapest agency fees method): use an online estate agent
  • Option 4 (earn while you sell method): short-let your property while it’s being marketed with
  • Option 5 (just for portfolio landlords method): use a “Specialist Portfolio Estate Agent”

Option 1: The traditional method

Presumably, there’s little to be said here. Just approach your local agents and see what they say.

Despite what some may believe, you don’t need any special kind of estate agent to sell a tenanted property, but using one that is experienced in doing so would be particularly beneficial. They’ll be better experienced at managing tenants, some of which will be disgruntled by the situation.

Moreover, stick to the golden rules when choosing an agent to work with (e.g. make sure they’re regulated, shuffle through reviews etc), you should be in safe hands (relatively speaking, of course! We are talking about estate agents after all. Enough said!).

Option 2: Super quick cash sale method

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention “cash house buying companies” (also known as ‘We buy any house’ companies), because even though they definitely won’t be for everyone, there’s no denying that they’re an extremely effective solution. Actually, I have to say that they’re probably the best solution for selling a buy to let property as quickly as possible, so they certainly deserve some airtime.

Cash buyer companies can provide a super quick cash sale, in as little as 7 days, but here’s the kicker: you’ll be expected to sell anywhere between 15-25% below market value.

Yup, like I said, not for everyone.

However, despite the drawback, there seems to be enough up-side to their services, making them extremely popular among landlords. They make the process of selling a tenanted property super effortless (an experience that can be excruciating at the best of times).

So the question is: are you willing to accept less to avoid a whole bunch of potential hassle and waiting time? Many are. Case in point, here’s a Tweet that appeared on my Twitter timeline, by someone that goes by the alias @landlord_secret:

Cash buyer Tweet

I’m not entirely sure what his exact circumstances were, but it sounds like one of his rental properties was damaged by flooding and he wanted out, but the point is that he was willing to sell for 85% of the open market value to get the property off his hands, and I’m sure that’s a sentiment many landlords can empathise with.

It must be stated, these companies do take on a lot of risk with these acquisitions, especially in a declining market, so perhaps that’s something to bear in mind when you inevitably wonder weather it’s worth taking the financial hit.

If you want to find out how much your tenanted property can fetch from a cash-buying company, you can get a free, no obligations offer from them (similarly to how estate agents will value a property).

Here are a couple of reputable companies that have positive reviews, and one’s I’ve managed to retrospectively strike affiliate partnerships up with. I have good relationships with both companies and I genuinely believe they’re the good guys’, but feel free to do your own research.

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  • Guarantee to beat any genuine cash offer
  • Members of The National Association of Property Buyers, members of The Property Ombudsman and Trading Standards
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  • Cash offer within 24 hours, Sales completed in as little as 7 days
  • Free Legal fees included, No agent costs or hidden fees
  • Guaranteed sale
  • Direct buyer, with no middlemen
Offers (up to)
80-85%of Market Value
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The Pros of using MyHomeBuyers

Update: The MD of MyHomeBuyers saw this blog post and wanted to make the following point(s):

  • A lot of landlords want to sell but are concerned about serving notice to their tenants and being left with a vacant property. We [myHomeBuyers] would be more than happy to make an offer on a property before notice has been served. If the offer put forward doesn’t work for the landlord then they can continue to rent it out without the concern of voids.
  • Assuming the offer is in line with the vendors expectations then we can agree on the sale and do the conveyancing during the notice period, this way we can complete on the property as soon as the tenant vacates. The benefit to this is the property is never left empty and not paying for itself and the landlord knows exactly where they stand from day one.
  • If the landlord has already served a section 21 or they have a problem tenant that they are trying to evict, we would be happy to work with the landlord and wait for the property to become vacant enabling us to complete shortly after.
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  • Founder of The National Association of Property Buyers, members of The Property Ombudsman, NAEA Propertymark and Trading Standards.
  • Any property, any condition considered (England and Wales)
  • Cash offer within 24 hours, Sales completed in as little as 7 days
  • No legal or estate agency fees to pay
  • No viewings required
  • Will buy tenanted properties
  • Direct buyer (no middlemen)
Offers (up to)
85%of Market Value
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If this is a solution you want to know more about, I recommend reading my full guide on Quick House Sale / Cash Buyer Companies; I go through some of the scams to be wary of, and list more companies that are regulated and have good reputations in the industry.

Option 3: Cheapest agency fees method

I’m not going to get into discussion of what is and what isn’t an online estate agent, because I’ve already done that in my supreme guide to online estate agents.

So I’m going to commence on the basis that you, at least, have a grasp of how they work (and how much money they can save you compared to traditional high-street agents!).

To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure how well equipped online agents were to deal with selling tenanted properties, so I put out feelers to find out. The marketing folk at Yopa (currently the 2nd biggest online estate agents in the UK) were quick to respond with a bold response: we are both experienced and successful in dealing with selling tenanted properties.

Right, got it!

Someone remind me, what’s the difference between confidence and arrogance?

No, I’m joking.

Technically, I’m not specifically recommending Yopa (although these people on TrustPilot are), I’m just the humble messenger. However, I am saying that if you want to use an agent that is experienced in what you need done, and at a cheaper rate than your local agent, perhaps they’re not a bad option, especially since they offer a free no obligations in-person valuation.

I’ve also provided details about Purplebricks, the UK’s largest online estate agent, cause they offer a service that’s similar to Yopa’s, only it’s absolutely free. Yup, that’s correct, my friend… FREE! Surprisingly, it’s totally legit, too. You can find out more in my overview of Purplebricks Free Estate Agency service.

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6 months
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Free package
  • Key features
  • Zoopla listing
  • Negotiation
  • For sale sign
  • In-person valuation
  • No sale, no fee
  • 13 weeks Sole Agency contract
  • App - manage viewings, offers & communication with buyers

*YES, Purplebricks now offer a 100% free house-selling service, no strings attached.




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12 months
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Core package
  • Key features
  • Rightmove listing
  • Zoopla listing
  • Photograghs
  • Floorplan
  • Negotiation
  • For sale sign
  • In-person valuation
  • 16 weeks Sole Agency contract

*Selling fee of £1,499 in a few specific London postcodes.

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Option 4: Earn while you sell method

Now, is a relatively new company that provides an interesting and unique approach to selling properties, which is actually ideal for landlords.

In short, they offer two types of sales services, which they claim results in selling quicker than average and for the most amount of money (80% of flyp’s clients get an offer within 3 weeks and currently have an 85% sales rate)!

  1. “Multi-agency strategy” sales service – flyp’s multi-agency sales strategy entails gathering the best local agents in your area and getting them to market your property all at the same time. Powerful!
  2. “Improve it and sell it” sales service (designed for empty properties) – this is a multi-layered customised sales service just for you, specifically optimised for landlords and/or sellers with empty properties. It can be a little tough to fully digest, but I’ll do my best to give you the gist of it.

    The service entails three potential stages (it all depends on which is relevant), and I think it’s truly unique and revolutionary:

    • Transformation (improve property)
    • Short-let property while it’s being sold (to generate rental income)
    • Sell (using the multi-agency strategy)

This all sounds expensive! It’s not [relatively speaking]. The whole point of their service is that the seller ends up with more money than selling via traditional means. If you’re interested in finding out more, here are two ways to get started:

Option 5: Just for portfolio landlords method

If you’re trying to shift a portfolio of properties, whether they’re tenanted, unoccupied or a mixture of both, and particularly if they’re scattered around the country, then I can only recommend using a “Specialist Portfolio Estate Agent”.

Essentially, they operate the same as regular high-street agents (i.e. they’re middlemen brokering a deal with a buyer), but they specialise in selling portfolios.

To summarise their service (and why I think they’re a good option for landlords looking to sell a portfolio):

  • They find investors, deal directly with them, and manage the entire sale all the way to completion.
  • They manage and work with the tenants directly (and can even assist with relocation if required).
  • it’s a relatively hassle free solution given the circumstances; the agent will look for investors to purchase the entire portfolio in one transaction even if they are scattered over the country, meaning you don’t need to sell each property individually.
  • You can get anywhere between 85 – 95% of the market value for your entire portfolio. Bear in mind, the speed and simplicity provided can easily compensate for the below market value sale price.

Since this such a specialist and comparatively niche service, there are only a handful of agents available. I’ve never spoken with Landlord Sales Agency directly, but apparently they’re a decent option…

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  • Members of the Property Redress Scheme and The Property Ombudsman
  • No charge for valuation and no obligation to proceed
  • Can sell any UK based property in any condition
  • Will market your landlord property portfolio to 30,000 buyers and investors and agree a sale within 28 days
  • Management of every aspect of the sale, including tenant communications, solicitors, repairs, refurbishment and even relocation if required.
  • No sale, no fee
Offers (up to)
85-95%of Market Value
Get an offer

Legally repossessing your property

If you’ve decided that getting rid of your tenant before selling is the best move (for whatever reason), the usual rules applies, and you’ll need to legally terminate the tenancy, which may mean you’ll have to get comfy and wait several months for the process to complete.

Notifying your tenant of the sale

If selling with tenants in situ is still Plan A, diplomacy and courtesy will be key to a smooth transition.

Don’t be naive enough to believe you hold all the chips- the tenant is definitely sitting on the same table as the board of directors! While they may not be able to completely stop the process, they will have the ability to make the process unbearably painful or relatively painless (selling is never totally pain free). You’d be wise to play nice in order to minimise the pain.

1) Offer your tenants first dibs
Purely out of courtesy, even if you know they’re in no financial position to be serious contenders, you want to give your tenants the opportunity to buy the property before going to market.

2) Explain reasoning BEFORE marketing/selling
Being abrupt in these situations can be profoundly damaging, and that includes marketing before discussing it with your tenants and/or doing it without providing an explanation.

Take the time to talk to your tenants and explain why you are selling. Make up a sob story if you think it will improve your position (e.g. you’re having financial difficulties, so you either have to sell your kidneys, or your house).

3) Be reassuring
Since you have made the decision to sell with tenants in situ, you have the opportunity to spin a story which reflects the tenants best interests (even though you’re probably doing it to minimise the impact on your bank balance).

Reassure the tenants and explain what your decision means:

  • You’re not kicking them out, because you don’t want them to lose their home as they’ve been good tenants (I’m assuming they have been)
  • The T&C’s of the tenancy still applies (more about this below)
  • Another landlord will most likely buy the property, so their occupancy is most likely safe

Can you demand more money for your property with tenants in situ?

It’s entirely possible.

But, while it may seem logical that a tenanted property should fetch a premium, it’s not always as straightforward as that. As discussed, it will depend on the quality of your tenant, but more crucially, the rental yield the property can achieve. In other words, the ROI (Return On Investment), which will specifically take into account the rental income over the initial cost of buying the property. Plus, and needless to say, there needs to be demand for the property.

A good agent will be able to provide assistance with the numbers.

Can you use a normal estate agent to sell a tenanted property?

Technically, you don’t need to use an agent at all. I mean, in the sense that you don’t need to knock on the door of your local high-street agent. But at the very least, you’d be a total donkey not to use ‘some kind of agent’ to help market your property across the UK’s biggest property portals like Rightmove & Zoopla to generate the leads from prospective buyers. And then, you can take on the task of processing, scheduling and conducting all the viewings if you want to. However, in this very particular scenario, I would avoid going ‘lone wolf’, purely because it’s a buttload more convenient to get a mule on the payroll to liaise with your tenants and schedule the viewings. Doing it any other way can easily result in diminishing returns.

In any case,

Is it better to sell an unoccupied property (i.e. should you evict your tenant first)?

I honestly can’t answer that for you, but I do have some thoughts on the matter that may help you discover your position.

If you’re happy to sell to a cash buying company (option #2), then none of this will apply, to be honest. I personally don’t see any downside whatever the case may be, as they’ll be willing to buy a property in any state.

However, if you intend on selling on the market via an estate agent, then there are some obvious concerns and difficulties that come with selling a tenanted property (none of which should surprise you).

Marketability / smaller market

A tenanted property might be less appealing to potential buyers who want to move in immediately (especially if there’s significant waiting time for the property becomes vacant). This can reduce the pool of potential buyers and affect the property’s marketability.

Viewing complications

Yup, taking viewings with tenants in situ can be a royal pain in the butt at the best of times, and the horror is only amplified if your tenant isn’t pleased with the situation (which wouldn’t be terribly unsurprising or unusual in these circumstances, and understandably so).

Condition of your tenant in situ

If you’re selling a tenanted property, there’s a reasonable chance you’re going to attract landlords that are looking to expand their portfolio. That means they’ll know exactly what they’re doing.

So if selling up is part of your exit-strategy to unload a rogue tenant that’s disruptive and/or in fallen into rent arrears, it’s likely that the truth will rear its ugly little potato-head when the landlord throws the occupants under the microscope before making any serious offers.

Point is, any serious buyer that is looking to acquire your tenanted property as an investment will likely care about the condition and quality of your tenant.

Scheduling & Arranging Viewings

Regardless of whether who is responsible for the viewings – whether it’s you or an agent – there are a few statutory rights protecting the tenant that should be respected.

  • The tenant should be given 24 hours written notice before a viewing
  • The tenant must give consent to each viewing at a convenient time for them
  • Constant disruptions might breach their statutory right to live in quiet enjoyment.

It’s crucial to knowledge that viewings are particularly stressful and disruptive to tenants during in this situation, which a good landlord/agent will appreciate and fully understand. So to minimise the pain, I would recommend organising block-viewings (just like I do when conducting regular tenancy viewings), as opposed to scattering the viewings throughout the week. It may also be wise to ask the tenant which days are most convenient for them, and stick to those days. Communication and compromising is key, just like any healthy relationship.

Paperwork / Changing the tenancy agreement contract

As the seller, you don’t really need to be concerned with the legalities of the tenancy after you’ve wiped your little hands clean of the property. It’s the buyer’s responsibility at this point. However, if you really do have a conscience and care for the fate of your tenant, the following information may be of importance (and useful to relay to your tenant during the ‘reassuring’ phase I covered):

  • After contracts have exchanged and the property is officially sold, the new owner will automatically become the landlord of the tenants. The text books describe this as saying that he “stands in the shoes” of the vendor. You will no longer be the landlord and therefore you will be dismissed from duty. Congratulations.
  • The tenancy agreement contract will remain valid even though the landlords name is out of date.

Transferring the Tenancy Deposit

OOOOH SHHEEEEEET. What about the tenancy deposit?

Ok, so if you have a shred of common sense and you’re worth more than a dollop of dog excrement, then you have complied with the tenancy deposit legislation by securing your tenant’s deposit.

Typically, you don’t need to worry about the deposit, because your conveyance solicitor should help arrange for the transfer of any tenant’s deposit. Bear in mind, you’ll be “transferring” the deposit, and not getting it returned, so whether you want to account for that in the ‘asking price’ is your call.

On that note, may I recommend using a Conveyancer that has experience in selling tenanted properties?

You may also want to contact the deposit scheme directly and discuss the transfer of ownership, as they may have their own guidance and suggestions. Either way, it should be relatively easy.

Completion & apportioning rent

To make the transfer of tenancy easier to cope with, completion is often arranged to take place on a rent payment date, so there’s no need for the rental income to be apportioned between the buyer and seller. However, if that’s not the case, arrangements should be made between the buyer and seller so the appropriate amount of rent is credited to the buyer (assuming that the tenant had paid rent in advance, which is usually the case). Again, your conveyance solicitor should be able to assist with this matter.

Good luck, and happy selling, folks!

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Jenny 16th July, 2017 @ 12:41

Hi, my landlord has sold the property i'm living in and is STC. My agreement runs out in January. He has sold to a new investor.

I now want to end my tenancy agreement early as I have found somewhere else to live. But my landlord is saying he can't end the contract early whilst the sale is going through.

The only clause in my agreement with me ending the agreement early is if a new agreement hasn't been signed and it's a rolling month by month basis then I have to give a months notice. I signed a new 12 month agreement in January so this does not apply to me.

The other clause there is: if I choose to end my agreement early then I would be liable until another tennant is found. However the landlord has sold the property.

There are no other clauses on me terminating the agreement early or anything about if the land lord sells the property.

The lady who I think is buying the property is planning on living in it herself so I don't think it matters if i'm in the property or not.

I thought my agreement is with my landlord until the contracts are signed with the himself and the new buyers.

There is a chance I will lose this new property as he wants me to move in within 4-6 weeks.

It feels like i'm being made to stay in a chain until this sale has gone through when in reality the sake of the house has got nothing to do with me (I don't think)

Do I have the right to end my tenancy agreement early?

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The Landlord 16th July, 2017 @ 16:43

Hi @ Jenny,

You are bound by the T&C's of the tenancy even if the landlord sells, so no, you can't end early.

"But my landlord is saying he can't end the contract early whilst the sale is going through." - I'm not entirely sure what the context of that statement is. But you can both mutually agree to terminate the tenancy.

On another note, you said the new owner is a investor, but then go onto saying they may wish to live in the property. But either way, the new landlord won't just be able to kick you out even if they plan on moving in after the sale completes.

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lucille volaski 13th October, 2017 @ 22:59

my landlord is thinking of selling the house i have been living in for 24 years iom retired have a good rent but have no money to move out what are my rights can my landlord pay me to move out for expenses

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Malcolm 31st March, 2018 @ 14:00

My landlord of 21 years has decided to "auction" the two houses he rents out. He informed us all by text that it will happen probably within a week. If somebody buys the house and wants us all to move, how long legally do they have to give us before they can force us to leave. Being on a zero hour contract makes it very difficult to find somewhere else and I'm probably going to have to downsize. Finally, my Landlord is actually been good in the 21 years I have rented off of him, but it will be the new owners I'll have to deal with.

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Sharon Quinn 6th August, 2018 @ 18:15

If I sell my property with my tenants, do I have to issue the tenants with any official notices or time scales of sale etc

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Nicky 20th December, 2018 @ 18:06

We have been tenants for 10 yrs now, our landlord has sold the flat and the new landlords are asking for an increase of £175 per month. No work has been done to this property for years. Is that legal.

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Lysy 3rd April, 2019 @ 01:10

The house I'm living in was on the market selling before renting, when I was signing the contract I told the agency I need long term lettings so they gave me one year,after I moved in two weeks they came with some people for viewing and from then almost every week they'll come for viewing sometime twice a week. And I'm only 4 months in the house. Please what should I do?
Thank You.

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Joanne oconnell 12th July, 2019 @ 11:51

I would like to know if you buy homes for tenants that are on program

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Lisa Maddaford 28th October, 2019 @ 07:45

I let my tenants know about 4/5 months ago that the house will be going on the market they are now refusing to let me in with an estate agent to take photos i have been asking now for 2 months still refusing what can i do ???

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ItDoesn'tMatter 26th January, 2020 @ 00:58

You lost me here ... otherwise ok.

"The truth will almost always rare its ugly little potato head"

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The Landlord 26th January, 2020 @ 10:54


Ha, I laughed at my own line, "ugly little potato head"

I'm not sure if I lost you because of the typo, or for some other reason. But thanks for pointing it out anyways. It's been corrected :)

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Debbie 2nd March, 2020 @ 12:00

Hi i am thinking of buying a property the tenant has been served notice but has asked if they could stay on as are unable to find a suitable property i am okay with this but would want to increase the rent as tenant currently pays 950.00 per month but going rate is £1200.00 i propose to charge £1000.00 per month for the first year
What do i need to do get a new tenancy drawn up to start the day i buy the property ? Would i also need to do credit checks etc to comply with my rent guarantee insurance
Any info would be appreciated so I don't have any problems later

Many thanks

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scap yard 30th July, 2020 @ 11:03

A friend of mine has been on the same property for over 10 years recently. He was given a 30 day eviction notice by the new owners of the property. Fact being his landlord sold the property knowing his mother was suffering sad to say he just lost his mother On 7/27/2020 and only has until the 8/1/2020 to be off the property. What can he do for help?

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Lizzie 18th September, 2020 @ 15:36

I wish to sell my property. The property has tenants and I intend to give six month notice as required now by law. I don't know what to do for the best. Whether to sell with tenants still there or sell once vacant. The property is extremely cluttered and the front garden is a total mess so has no curb appeal. I feel anyone viewing it would be put off.

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Annoyed Tennant 9th November, 2020 @ 18:03

Perspective of a tenant during Covid.

I gave 60 days notice Oct 31. I rent now and purchased a home. I take possession Nov 26, but have possession of rental home until Dec31.
I asked my Landlord to wait until Dec 7, then Show a vacant home, without refunding me any of my last months rent. I would also have been open to Dec 1 showing, even starting Nov 26 if insisted upon.
She was completely inflexible. She may have read your post as she sent me a crying poor sob story even though I see her IG and know she bought a house boat this summer.
I tried to explain that an empty house will sell for more than a house with me in it, insisting I am home for all viewings and refusing to wear a mask in my own home. No dice.
My landlord was also very angry that I choose to not allow pictures of my unit with my possessions inside, as is my right. She was not smart enough to take any in the past and the reality company she tried to sell the home with years ago will not give her their pictures they have on file. Lol.
I also did not sign the covid waiver, so the realty company has to disclose that to all viewers.
Opening week only 2 groups of people came to view the house and zero offers were received.
Now she has lost the opportunity of a new listing creating a bidding war, which has typically been the case in this current hot market.
Today I am taking all the perennial flowers out and giving them to friends, and removing lattice from my front deck that I had installed.
I am contemplating playing pornography on all 3 tv’s during showings.
I see no reason to co-operate when no one will to accommodate me in any way.
I think the realtor is under the impression that once I move my things Nov 26 or Dec 1 I will be more accommodating. I am going to be a pain in the ass all the way until Dec 31, unless a proportion of my rent is returned for Dec and also only if the landlord assumes the utility bill b4 Dec 31.
Opening listing day the realty company had internet issues and could not list pictures. I had google street view blur my rental home’s image.
I could people stopped while I was in my porch and I informed them if the many problems including a basement leaking in multiple spot, showed them newly crumbled foundation issues and informed them of electrical issues.
I put a sticker on my coffee maker plug which is duct taped to hold it in saying “do not remove”. Making potential buyers wonder why.
I have removed rugs that cover holes in a couple ceramic tiles.
I may also leave a bunch of empty, uncleaned sardine cans in the attic and in the vents.
Learn something from my landlord not being accommodating. Waiting 1 month to list, or even 2 should not be too much to ask

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Joe Gallagher 21st March, 2021 @ 10:44


I have a NHS NWAS paramedic living in a house I own(she has NOT paid rent since Nov 2019) and is going through the section 8 process at present. Can I sell the house before it goes to court?

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Eric 21st March, 2021 @ 16:05


You can, but you'll probably struggle to sell a house with a tenant in arrears that's been served a S8. Who would want to buy a house in that situation? And how are you going to take viewings?

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Chloe 15th April, 2021 @ 15:18

We have given our tenants notice to move and they are refusing to let our estate agents to take photo of the property. What are our rights.

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Zoey Metcalfe 1st December, 2021 @ 19:05

My landlord is putting our house on the market but has not given us our notice to leave which is not allowing us to apply for local housing etc. Should she have served us notice?

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Dave eakring 2nd February, 2022 @ 09:55

I want to sell my tennanted property to a cash buying company.they have made an offer and say they don’t want to do a this common place?or do you think they will demand an inspection last minute and try to drop the asking price

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The Landlord 2nd February, 2022 @ 09:59

Hi @David

That's pretty common, and it doesn't necessarily mean they will drop the asking price. Many of them take an educated guess - they know approximately how much the house is worth and what they're willing to pay for it. They take into consideration some potential risks.

If they went to view every property, they'd waste a lot of time.

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Lifetime Tenant 29th April, 2022 @ 14:01

You cannot spell conscience, (instead you have written conscious) is this because you don’t have one yourself? Or maybe you are just a bit thick?

Your whole article is written in such a condescending manner towards tenants, I find it totally distasteful.

However, it has given me greater insight into the way landlords view their tenants as pawns in the “property game”. Homes should be homes, its people’s lives you are discussing here.
No great surprises though, I’m sure you vote Tory and think Brexit is a great success.

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The Landlord 29th April, 2022 @ 14:40

Hi @Lifetime Tenant,

Thank you kindly for pointing out the grammatical error, it's been fixed.

All the best,

P.s. I despise the Tories and never voted Brexit.

Man, the irony is comical.

But I'm sure you knew that.

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Russell Taylor 17th August, 2022 @ 08:19

Can I sell my flat with tenants to a property company if we have it fully managed by a lettings agency. We also pay maintenance/management fees of around £2000 yearly as it's a leased property.

Kind regards
Russell Taylor

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Becky 20th June, 2023 @ 20:34

I signed my tenancy agreement on May 18th to move in May 20th.
Simultaneously, my landlord had the flat up for sale with a different estate agent.
I, and my estate agent, were unaware of this when I signed. (And even when it was advertised for rent.)
I want to break my 6 month lease early (today is June 20th) because I don’t feel settled here at all (I’ve relocated 200 miles from home for work)
Do you think I’d be successful, seeing as I was mislead into signing the lease and I’m within 90 days of signing?
Thank you.

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The Landlord 20th June, 2023 @ 20:58

Hi @Becky,

I'm going to assume you're in England.

Unfortunately, I don't think you have grounds to break your tenancy agreement early because the house was up for sale. Ultimately, the landlord hasn't broken any terms of your agreement. It's very plausible that the landlord was happy to sell or let, and was just waiting to see what came along first.

It doesn't actually sound like you were misled, in my opinion, because the landlord has stuck to the terms that was arranged with you (so far). Has the landlord actually broken your agreement, or are you just looking for an excuse to terminate the tenancy early?

The 90 days is irrelevant, there is no statutory cooling period.

Instead of trying to look for loopholes, why don't you try talking to the landlord and be honest with him/her, explain that you're unsettled and unhappy (which is the truth of the matter), and therefore would like to end the tenancy early?

Sorry to hear about your situation, and sorry I don't have good news for you! At least 6 months isn't that long (although I appreciate it may seem like a life time in your position!).

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Becky 20th June, 2023 @ 22:13

I am in England yes.
Thank you for the advice! I really appreciate it. I will heed it and take the softly softly approach and see what happens.
I know 6 months isn’t long, but I was hoping for a long term living situation without stress 😅 Unfortunately it’s been the opposite.
I’m also annoyed he thought he could accept my rent and use me to be present for viewings. Also, I never gave him permission to share my personal contact details with an estate agent that wasn’t my own 🫠
Yes, I could stay for the 6 months and move on. However, at this point I don’t believe he deserves my money and spite is fuelling me.
Thank you again!

















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