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Good morning. My name is ***** ***** I look forward to helping you. Can you tell me in what state the property is located? Thank you!
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Can you tell me what state this is in?
And the tenant doesn't pay anything, just takes care of the house, correct?
Ok, then if there is no written fixed term lease then they are considered month to month tenants under an oral lease agreement. In VA you can terminate that tenancy with a written 30 day notice.
Then if the tenant doesn't vacate, you can file a formal eviction action in court to get a judgment and a writ against them that the sheriff can execute to get them to vacate. Time...about 3 weeks after the 30 day notice expires. So you are looking at close to 2 months before you could force them out if they wouldn't voluntarily leave once you gave them notice.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...
No, you won't have any problem in evicting them after giving them proper notice to terminate.
And I never like rights of first refusal... If they want to buy the property, just let them know and let them make an offer on the property like any other buyer.