Purchased property with tenants want to evict them.

Asked over 1 year ago - Santa Ana, CA

I purchased a property in which the lease expired prior to owning. Tenants are on a month to month and have violated the lease terms such as changing locks. My question is do the lease terms still apply even if I am the new owner and they are on month to month.

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  1. Paul Francis Easlick

    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . Yes. You take over for the previous landlord. You are responsible for the deposit.

    You deal with the lock situation by serving a 3-day notice to cure or quit.

  2. Frank Wei-Hong Chen

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . It is not really possible to advise you without reviewing the actual lease in question. The general rule is that a new owner takes ownership of the property subject to any existing leases. Therefore, most likely, you are in the shoes of the prior owner and can serve them with a 3 day notice to perform covenant or quit and/or a 60 day notice of termination of tenancy to end the month to month tenancy.

    Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is... more
  3. Armen Garabedian

    Contributor Level 7

    Answered . It is probably a good idea to have the lease reviewed by an attorney before finalizing a course of action.

    THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. Legal matters are like thumbprints, no two are identical.... more

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