Is it "customary practice when selling a house that has tenants" to have a lawyer send a letter of eviction to the tenants?
Not looking for legal advice here, just some knowledge/experience, especially from Real Estate Agents. We’ve been renting a house in NY for over 8 years. ALWAYS paid rent on time, mostly early, sometimes 2 months in advance, NEVER late even 1 time. Payments were cash payments to the absentee landlord who owns the house. At the end of January we gave 2 months notice that we were moving so the landlord decided to sell the house rather than try to rent it again since she is now physically disabled & her parents are elderly. Due to her disability, house ownership was recently changed to “FamilyName Trust”. We have been beyond cooperative with the realtor in showing our home & holding open houses, bid was accepted, house is in contract. We received the following in an email from the Realtor: ” [landlord’s] **lawyer must send out a letter of eviction. we know you are moving, but this is the customary practice when selling a house that has tenants.**” I am shocked & very upset since letters of eviction, as far as I know, are to throw out a tenant for not paying their rent and we’ve always been early paying our rent & took great care of the house since we’ve been living there. BTW, we had a lease for the 1st year only so there is no lease needing to be terminated, and we did give a letter stating our move out date (1½ mos later than we originally gave notice for in order to give her more time to sell the house).
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