My landlord did not give proper notice of intent to sell the property I lease. What are my rights?

Asked over 1 year ago - Floral City, FL

Landlord gave oral notice of intent to sell 2 weeks before listing the property i am leasing.
The lease says written notice 45 days prior to when the lease ends--i should have received written notice in February. It was May when she gave me an oral notice.

I have never received a written notice. The property is now for sale and the landlord says no one can be in the home when the Realtor shows the property. The landlord also said, she will try to give reasonable notice to view the property but can't guarantee it.

What are my rights and isn't this illegal?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Carol Lynne Zimmerly


    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . If the landlord doesn't give reasonable notice, then you don't have to comply and let the house be shown. You should let the house be shown if she gives at least 12 hours' notice.

    You can be present when the house is shown, unless the lease states otherwise.

    I think the 45 days was meant to mean that the owner can show the house during the last 45 days of the lease, but since I don't have the lease in front of me, this is just a guess.
    The lease was not meant to make the landlord wait to show the house until the lease is over. The landlord may not have decided to sell the house until after February. difficult to say without more facts.

    Good luck!

  2. Robert David Devin


    Contributor Level 12


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . While the law says that the landlord has the right to show the property for sale, he must give reasonable notice of at least 12 hours. Also, the landlord CANNOT demand that you leave your own house so he can show it. That is why you are paying to lease it.

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  3. Ivan A Guerrero

    Contributor Level 9


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    Answered . He has the right to show the property to prospective buyers. He cannot require you to leave the property while he is doing the "showing" . He needs to give you a 12 hour notice before he can show the house. He may also not use this right to harass or inconvenience you.

    Consult and attorney and have him read the lease agreement.

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