I would encourage you to hire an attorney familiar with property management and real estate in the area of the rental to handle this for you. There are so many possibilities in your situation that any guesses we may provide could be wrong and send you in a bad direction.
The attorney can review your contract and write the appropriate correction letter, with the right language to get a response. Where the buyer knows you aren't local and may not be able to personally take much action, the attorney can. It will cost you some money, but it will be worth it to you in the long run.... more
The quickest way I find to get this information is to look up the town hall - between the town clerk and the town assesor you should be able to get everything you need. Get a copy of the deed (which will tell you who is the legal owner of the property), the town card (this document has sq. footage and basic house information bedrooms/baths etc, past sale prices and closing dates). If your town is in the computer age you can get most of this information online.
Good luck!... more
Sheola, If it's possible to wait I would. I've just had a seller that was hugely dissapointed when the buyer 2 days before closing bought some furniture. It through their debt to income ratios off and, fortunately for everyone, only caused a two week delay simply because the lender had one other option.