Donna Stokes, Other/Just Looking in Phillipsburg, NJ

Does a landlord have to give or tell a tenent, if they are selling the house that you are renting? And do

Asked by Donna Stokes, Phillipsburg, NJ Mon Dec 29, 2008

they have to give you something in writing?

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Here is a link for NJ Legal Services...they handle many of the landlord tenant disputes in NJ. Here is the link..

I found nothing there stating that they have to give you a notice if they put the home on the market. But look through the various sections.

I mentioned the one or two units in my prior response because NJ's Anti Eviction Laws do not apply to one to 3 units, if one is owner occupied.
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Donna: Laura Gianotta brings up the point of NJ Department of Community Affairs rules. Frankly, I have no knowledge of multiple unit apartments in this regard but I suspect that, in the final analysis, the owner of a property can sell a property as they please, with no involvement of the tenants. If there were a clause in the lease that the tenant has the right to purchase, it might become necessary to give notice but that would be a rare case and the landlord could still sell it without doing so and the tenant would have the right to pursue a civil action outside of Community Affairs jurisdiction, I would think. (We're getting into rules and legal stuff that get into the legal counsel area, beyond the Realtor's realm.

If a new owner, who is now de facto new landlord, takes over, the tenant has the rights that they had with the old landlord. An existing lease would be part of what was purchased, with all it's benefits (a guaranty of income) and handicaps (inability to raise the rent until the lease expires or remove the tenant early.)

The bottom line is, I believe, that the owner does not have to get the tenant's permission to sell or advise him of the sale unless special conditions apply.
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You do not state whether the property you rent is a single family...rules are different for one/two units or 3 or more units. Check the NJ Department of Community Affairs website for information from the NJ Landlord/Tenant publication.

Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Atlantic Shore
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Hi Donna,

No, they do not. However, if you have a lease, the buyer must honor it. So as long as you have a lease, you are protected.

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Executed lease agreement between you and property owner governs sale of property while tenant occupied. Nice landlords do contact tenants or forward a letter of notice of property owner contact info. Call your landlord
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