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Selling a property which is under a current lease agreement

I have 7 months left on a 10 month lease agreement and my landlord wants to sell the house. He has already listed the property and has scheduled viewings. Can a landlord legally do this? I would obviously like to put a stop to it if possible.
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August 23 2012 - Cleveland
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Yes, a landlord can sell the house while there is a tenant.   The landlord still has to honor the state's laws about non-emergency access notice for showings (usually 24 h to 48 h notice, depending on the state).  

Some landlords will recognize the inconvenience and offer a bit of financial incentive (such as reduction in rent) for the inconvenience and cooperative showings.

Your lease should survive the sale, although if the new owners wish it as their primary residence then they may be able to give you 90 day notice.  Check your state's landlord/tenant guidelines.

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August 23 2012
A Landlord can do this, but according to the terms of the lease.  Usually, the lease will transfer to the new owner, but the termination clause will specify if your Landlord can terminate your agreement and force you to leave.  If not specified, you may have to sue your Landlord to stay in the property.
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August 23 2012
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Thank you for the information Wetdawgs and Fred Jorgensen
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August 27 2012
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The Ohio Bar has a list of tenant rights that may help you. For sale or not, your landlord still has to honor your lease in most cases and they cannot enter the property without notice to show the unit.

Be reasonable if you can, but do not let the landlord open your house to "anytime" showings with a lockbox unless you have no valuables and they are willing to pay for renters insurance while the property is listed.
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August 27 2012
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Thank you for the information about the lock box Sunnyview. I am looking to contest this using an attorney. My landlord is being very difficult and it is clear that he is trying to get us to leave. So far he has not been cooperative with the viewings. All the viewings have been imposed upon us i.e we have had no choice, and at least half have not been within the specified notice period. We did refuse one of those, but he threatened legal action. I also know that he has entered on to the property, but not into the house and done some work without first any notice given, or any consent. What is the best way to deal with this without having to resort to costly legal action?
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