the only successful owner move in evictions I know about are those in duplexes. Please remember that if you do an owner move in eviction, you must live there for 36 months to make it legal. You can do this for your kids to move in, your immediate family members, like your parent(s). All the best
Best of luck to you!
The first thing you should ask before you buy, or if you're already in contract, before you release your contingencies, are copies of the tenant's leases and tenant estoppels to determine what the situation is. If you're in doubt, don't rely on what regular folks, even you realtor, tells you.
To protect yourself and your interests, you should engage a real estate attorney specializing in landlord/tenant issues to explain the terms of the leases, what appropriate notice(s) to give to the tenant, what the process is, should the seller (or buyer) offer cash-for-keys to have the tenants vacate. Do some research by going to the Rent Control Board and get the latest info, etc.
Two of my prospective buyers avoided buying a four-plex when they found out that one tenant was not only protected, but awarded by the rent control damages from actions of the present owner, that resulted in that tenant paying only a token $10/mo for several years! And they would have inherited this tenant and his situation as new owners because the judgment stayed with the property.
Get professional assistance and advice. Otherwise, you may end up being the landlord of the property you buy that has tenants protected under the terms of rent control.
You need to comply with the terms of your lease contract. If the terms have expired you need to give them 30 days notice(if that is what you have in your contract).
Just because you were the first time buyer does not give you the legal right to evict them whenever you like. Did you rent to them month to month or do you have a 12 months lease agreement with them?
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