Your Rights When Your Building is Sold

Showing the Building

A landlord may enter the property with or without a tenant’s permission for the purposes of showing the property to potential buyers, but only after no less than 48 hours notice, and only between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M.

Transferring Your Lease

Any written rental agreement will be transferred with the property to the new owner. The new landlord cannot terminate your tenancy except as defined by the terms of your lease. If you are renting with a month-to-month lease, you can be asked to leave, but only with 30 days notice (see below).

Termination of Tenancy with Sale of Building

Tenants are entitled to at least 30 days written notice to vacate from a current landlord who is selling the building, if the tenants are renting month to month. A landlord who recently bought a building is not entitled to this shortened notice requirement. Only the landlord who has contracted to sell a building can give 30 days notice to vacate; once the new owner takes over, he or she has to give the tenant normal “No Cause” eviction notice if he or she wants the tenant out due to no fault of the tenant. However, if there is a written rental agreement, it is binding and will be transferred to the new owner.

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