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What rights do we have when out landlord sells?

We have lived in our place for just under 6 years and the landlord sold the property. We have been given a 60 day notice and were told by the realtor that it is a condition of the sale because the  new owner has different plans for the property. We were told during the sale process that we would be kept as tenants, but that is neither here nor there. Our landlord has stated he will give us a good reference, but we would like to have that in writing. He has stated that he wont do that until after we pay rent for the next month. We have asked for several months for repairs to be done and they haven't, and my fear is that he is going to keep my deposit to "pay for" these repairs and we will be getting screwed. Can we legally demand that he make the repairs before we pay the rent for our last month? This guy has lied through this entire process, so I don't trust him without that written recommendation. We really need help and an answer as soon as we can get it. Time is running out.
  • October 28 2013 - Grover Beach
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Hi,

If you have a current lease, most states will mandate that the new buyer maintain the terms through the end of the lease. 

If you are month to month, the buyer has no obligation to continue the lease.

As far as getting the "recommendation letter", it is not mandatory for the landlord to provide one.  However, it would be the right thing for him to do if, there have been no contractual defaults.

If you have made "requests for repairs" with detailed information, you should be well covered for those items.

I hope this helps!!
  • October 29 2013
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Renters with long-term leases have more rights when a building is sold.  Most states require new owners to "step into the shoes" of the old owner, assuming all of their responsibilities and leases. 

Landlords are responsible for providing a basic level of service for the rent you are paying. The renovations for a conversion cannot inconvenience you so much that you're denied amenities such as uninterrupted water and electricity, etc.

To be sure, for every state that has put more protections in place for renters, there are those where landlords have more power.  Tenants have more rights in the District of Columbia and in California than almost any other state.
  • October 28 2013
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