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I signed a new lease 5 day ago 1 year lease ( my third lease

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I signed a new lease 5 day ago for a 1 year lease ( my third lease with this person )I was told in an E Mail that is done and will start July 1 2016 yesterday i received a text stating the owner is selling the property and I am required to vacate by July 31 2016
Is there anything I can do
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Please tell me: In your lease that you signed 5 days ago, does it state that the lease will terminate if the property will be sold. Or, no such clause exists?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no it does not state that. My problem is the owners did not sigh new agreement, but they issued it to me to sign and then informed me everything was fine. the 2 days lated they text me to say lease has been cancelled. also I did not change anything on the lease agreement
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
Thank you.
1) The fact that the landlord/seller is selling the property is a non-issue, meaning the buyer would simply become the new landlord and step into the shoes of the old landlord/seller. They would then have the same rights/duties as the seller/landlord, after the sale.
2) A contract is valid once the person who is to pay signs it. Ergo, the contract is considered VALID arguably, even if the landlord did not sign it. As such, someone in your situation may wish to argue that there is a new lease, and that you intend to finish it. If they try to evict you, then the Judge would decide and as long as the person who is paying (i.e. tenant, you) signed the lease, it has become valid.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
would you be able to handle this with the owners, I would pay you fee. also if I decide to stay and then they evict me what are my options and how do I handle them.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your reply. I am sorry to say that JustAnswer experts cannot take customers on as clients.
If you stay, and the new owner or the old owner tries to evict, you would be served with a notice and then summons. If so, then you can go to court on the date and show the lease, and argue that by YOUR signature and the corresponding emails, the new lease is in force.
Meantime, rent should be paid on time, and via certified letter, return receipt request (unless the lease states otherwise) so the landlord cannot claim you missed payment.
Gentle Reminder: Please, use REPLY or SEND button to keep chatting, or RATE POSITIVELY and SUBMIT your rating when we are finished. You may always ask follow ups at no charge after rating.
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Will talk to wife tonight to see what she wants to do let you know tomorrow
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
No problem. Thank you for responding.

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