Staten Island, NY asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for New York

Q: renting question when owner is selling house

I rent an apartment in a house, no lease- month to month. the owner is selling house. She wants to send open house viewers into my apartment now and i am worried about covid. She said it would be second viewers only, but isn't following through with this. Is this fair? Do I have any rights? I have paid on time for 6 years. Plus how long do i have before she can legally make me leave? Many thanks. PS My landlady told me she was moving the same day the realtor put the sign up on the house.

1 Lawyer Answer
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: A landlord is not required to share information regarding plans to move from or sell the property they own. Unless a tenant has a lease or is a rent regulated tenant, a landlord does not usually have to have a reason to ask a tenant to move. When selling a house, landlord's are not required to deliver the premises vacant unless otherwise required by the contract of sale; however, interfering with an owner's ability to show the premises for sale is a great motivation to ask a tenant to move.

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