Phoenix, AZ asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona

Q: Should I be given an addendum to sign for new owners since my lease is not yet up?

The new owner of the house I rent has not given me any legal documents showing they are my landlords. They’re charging me administrative fees the previous property management company had in their lease addendum, even though they’re not a company. Otherwise, my original lease was from two landlords ago and anything not included in the last rent addendum is still valid. The new owners are giving me a hard time about these extra fees, but I don’t understand why they’re collecting fees they cant explain to me. I’ve never been late on a rent payment or been threatened with one, but every week, the new owner finds a reason to tell me I’m doing something wrong. I often just send the lease back to her and she does not reply again. Not sure how to handle this situation when I have no actual lease agreement with her. She has plans to move into my unit when my lease is up in less than 60 days, but has not given me notice of any kind, and I am past my 60 days notice to stay or leave per my lease.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: A new owner of a home takes it subject to any valid existing leases. Your lease remains valid for the remainder of its term. An addendum to the lease is not legally necessary. However, the new landlord should comply with Arizona law and give notice as to who the new property manager is and how to contact the property manager.

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