I am unsure if after being a tenant with my current landlord 3yrs and he just told me he sold the property and my lease is up the end of june do i still have to pay rent not knowing who the true owner is as of rite now and not sure if i have to move out. Or should i just find a place and move my family.
Anyone who purchases a property in Pennsylvania with a tenant buys the property subject to the terms of the lease. The new owner typically inherits the rights and obligations of the previous owner unless the Agreement of Sale holds otherwise. So, normally you would be paying the rent to the new owner but I would confirm who, what and where before sending out any checks. If your lease is coming up for termination then it would be up to the new owner whether or not you were permitted to renew (unless your lease provides for an automatic renewal). It is best to show your lease to a Landlord Tenant lawyer for more specific advice about your particular lease terms.
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While I agree with Attorney Margolies, I just wanted to add that sometimes leases have language that converts the lease to month to month if the lease is not specifically renewed. And some states (I don't know about Pennsylvania) allow for month to month leases if the lease is silent and there is no action by the landlord to terminate the lease.
Also, if you wish to move out, at the end of the lease is the time to do so. If you do not wish to move, you may ask the new landlord for a new lease so you are not subject to the vagaries of a month to month lease, which tend not to give the tenant the security she/he needs, especially with regard to one with a family.
While seeing an attorney about any contract, including residential leases, is a good idea, you may be able to just communicate with the new owner and get a new lease. Good communication can resolve a lot of problems!
Still, if you seek reassurance or you would like someone to look at any new lease, you should contact an attorney. And if you cannot afford an attorney, you may wish to see if there are free or sliding fee services available. Additionally, there are many attorneys who provide free initial consultations who may be able to assist.
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I’m sorry, but your facts are a bit confusing. Generally, the tenant has the right to remain in the property for the duration of the lease term. However, if you have a written lease you should check to see if it contemplates a sale of the property. Standard form leases usually have a clause allowing the landlord to terminate the lease with written notice if the property is sold.
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