Are you in the concerning situation where you need to get the hell out of your home because your landlord wants to sell up while you’re still in the middle of a tenancy agreement? Yup, unfortunately it happens.
Landlords selling tenanted properties is actually quite common, and the reality is, landlords are well with in their rights to do it – even in the middle of a tenancy. But let’s go through the details, including your rights (because you do have some, whether you realise it or not!)…
There are two ways the tenant can play it. That is, to either kick-up a gigantic 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…
- Your tenancy isn’t unaffected. You can remain in the property until the tenancy is legally terminated (e.g. when you are given appropriate notice).
- If your Tenancy Agreement stipulates that you have another 6 months left until the end date, then that remains binding.
- You are with in your rights to allow viewings only when convenient. The landlord and/or agent cannot force entry unless there is an emergency (e.g. a fire). Refer to the blog post on Tenant’s Right To Live In Quiet Enjoyment for further details.
- In many cases, landlords offer cash settlements to mutually agree on terminating the tenancy.
So by all means, you do have rights in this situation, and you definitely can’t be thrown out without proper notice.
Take into consideration the following…
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.
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