Q: Can a landlord(s) transfer a lease to a Property Management Company without notifying the tenant in writing prior?
I have a Colorado lease that has several legal errors, such as governing law is listed as Massachusetts, landlord can lock out the tenant, as well as, all the parties listed on the lease did not sign off. A Property Management Company posted a notification on my door on 10/3/2019 informing me (i.e. the tenant) that I was to pay Octobers rent to this company. I received no notification from the actual landlord(s) listed on the lease in writing nor verbally of any changes in oversight. I tried to make the October 2019 payment as I do each month to the landlords' bank account (i.e. ENT Bank), which I was advised had been closed. I received no communication nor notification from the landlord until October 23, 2019, when I advised the Property Management Company that I would not pay them since I had not received any notification from the actual landlord(s). The landlord then e-mails me stating that the Property Management Company took over on 9/25/2019, with no notification.
A: A landlord may designate an agent (Property Management Co) to step in and administer the lease on his behalf, unless the lease specifically says otherwise. It was smart of you to verify this transfer with the Landlord prior to delivering money to the Property Manager.
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