Q: My landlord texted me saying they are putting the house I rent up for sale. I am on HUD
I am on disability. I have anxiety and a son with special needs and don't leave the house due to covid. My landlord wants to list the house on the market and my lease is up AUG 31st. I'm worried about people coming into my home with covid it makes my anxiety worst and also my son with special needs. I'm not able to just leave as my anxiety gets really bad leaving the house. What are my rights? I asked my landlord If he can do virtual he said no the showings will be in person.
A: The first place to start is your lease agreement. Some leases have provisions that allow landlords access for showings within a certain number of days from the end of the lease. But if your lease does not permit showings or access for this purpose, then you do not need to permit the showings. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.
A: In Virginia, a landlord has the right to list and sell rental property without the requirement that the tenant is in agreement. The new owner, however, is required by law to assume the lease until the end of the lease term. At the end of the lease term, the lease ends unless it is extended by a lease renewal. If the lease ends, the tenant generally leaves the premises or is a "hold over tenant" and the landlord may proceed in court with an Unlawful Detainer to regain possession. If an Unlawful Detainer is filed, that will show up on your credit report and the next landlord may not rent a premises to you because of the previous lease problem. You may want to contact the Office of Legal Services for the city/county in which you live to seek an attorney who can help you on a pro bono basis.
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