Alexandria, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Delaware

Q: April 16th I signed a six moth lease agreement for an apartment (house split into two units. About a week latter I

Found out that the house is fore sale and they showed it to perspective buyers. My move in date isn't till June 1st. Can the landlord keep my deposit or hold me to the lease even though I never moved in yet and he never told me it was for sale? When I asked him about it and told him I didn't want the apartment now, he won't return my rent deposit, pet deposit and half of the first months rent.

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Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Licensed in Delaware

A: The fact that the house is for sale does not mean you can't move in just like you would if the house were not for sale. If there are 2 rental units, chances are the landlord is looking for a buyer who will continue renting them out. When the house is sold, the lease between you and the landlord will be assigned to the new owner. Please explain why you don't want the apartment?

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