Q: My old landlord sold the building. The new landlord states that my lease is not valid.
The new landlord states that my lease is not valid because my old landlord renewed my lease after they came into an agreement. Now he has raised my rent an extra $250 a month starting November 1st. I live in Pennsylvania - can he do that? My rental agreement was year to year and wasn't to be renewed till April 2022.
A lot depends on dates. What they are saying may hold if they gave you notice. If they didn't, then you may be able to claim under the old lease. Alternately, you could have a claim against the old landlord as he created an agreement when he lacked the power to perform under the agreement.
You should speak with an attorney who handles tenant issues. Best way to find one is to contact the local legal aid society, ask to speak to someone in the tenant rights section, ask if any of their attorneys have left for private practice, as they know most about tenants rights.
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