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Can a landlord break the lease if he wants to sell the place?

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Can a landlord break the lease if he wants to sell the place?

Postby nonredneck » 28 Apr 2016, 12:08

My landlord has indicated that he might sell the apartment that I am staying in. I have a lease that doesn't expire for a while. While he hasn't indicated that he wants me out right now, am I within my legal rights to refuse to move out until the end of the lease, regardless if he wants to sell it? If he wants to sell it, that's fine, I will move out. But I don't want to move until the lease is up. I would consider moving if the landlord compensates me for one or two months rent to cover finding a new apartment.

The contract has a clause that I can pay a fee to break the lease, a clause that states the landlord cannot break the lease unless legally allowed (whatever that means), but there is no mention of anything regarding if the landlord wants to break the lease.
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Re: Can a landlord break the lease if he wants to sell the place?

Postby Icon » 28 Apr 2016, 14:17

Go to Tsui Mama, in Gongguan. they can help you with this sitation.

In theory, you have the right to stay.
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Re: Can a landlord break the lease if he wants to sell the place?

Postby cfimages » 28 Apr 2016, 14:50

Ask the landlord. Most people are pretty reasonable. The first place my wife and I lived in when we got married had that happen. The landlord actually asked us if we'd be interested in buying it before it was listed. (wish we could have afforded it, it'd probably be worth double by now). But in the end, she gave us a free month off rent for the inconvenience and we moved out a little before the contract ended.
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Re: Can a landlord break the lease if he wants to sell the place?

Postby kaikai34 » 29 Apr 2016, 12:11

I think when selling, the landlord is legally allowed to break the lease. As for compensation, it seems reasonable for him to have to pay the same penalty as you would if you had broken it. I'm not sure if that's how it will play out though.
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Re: Can a landlord break the lease if he wants to sell the place?

Postby squall1 » 26 May 2016, 13:56

kaikai34 wrote:I think when selling, the landlord is legally allowed to break the lease. As for compensation, it seems reasonable for him to have to pay the same penalty as you would if you had broken it. I'm not sure if that's how it will play out though.


I actually don't think this is true unless its specified in the lease. I know when this happened to me, he had to ask me permission to even show the place. I declined his request and was told that its totally normal and acceptable to do so. I simply moved out when my lease ended a couple months later.
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Re: Can a landlord break the lease if he wants to sell the place?

Postby NancyM » 27 Jun 2016, 17:48

Try to deal with him not using legal approach first
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