Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Indiana

Q: Rent to own contract was broken by the landlord (owner/ seller) of the house, can I take them to court?

Landlord agreed to rent to own for $110,000. Landlord got a different mortgage on a new home they purchased and said they couldnt have this house( the one I was already renting to own for 5 years) as a rent to own anymore. Can I take them to court for the money I put into owning the house since they broke the contract?

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Peter J. Weinman
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A: Your rent-to-own contract should outline your rights and remedies. Assuming an attorney represented you when you entered into that agreement, you should speak to that attorney for advice. If you had no attorney, from my NY perspective, unless your contract prohibits it, you would need to bring an action for specific performance - essentially suing the landlord/seller to force them to sell to you, assuming you have otherwise complied with your agreement. It's not a do-it-yourself job, and you should contact a local attorney for a consultation to have your contract reviewed and your rights/obligations/remedies outlined. If you need to locate a local attorney, start your search here:

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