Q: Our 12 m lease expires at the end of July. The lease says 'the tenant must be offered a renewal of this lease unless
there is good reason not, to under applicable law, not less than 90 days from the expiration date. This date is very soon, so I asked the 'Landlord' for the new lease. The lease was signed by the person who had power of attorney for the owner, so they are our landlord. We found out last week that the owner has just died. When I called, the landlord said the intention now is to sell the property. They said they didn't know about the 90 days clause. They said they would come back to me, because, I explained we wanted to stay on for another year. So far we have not received an answer. I am very worried about moving in a pandemic. We have made this clear. What rights do we have?
A: As a tenant, when property is sold there are only very specific reasons that tenants can be evicted. Since the eviction courts are closed except for emergency matters, the odds of being forced out during a pandemic are approaching 0. If you need legal advice, talk to an attorney.
Everything has been affected by the pandemic, and the owners should be thankful they have renters paying rent at this time. If you want specific advice, contact an attorney.
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