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Pamela C, Home Buyer in Yucca Valley, CA

Hi everyone Dose anybody know the laws regarding a Rental house for sale

Asked by Pamela C, Yucca Valley, CA Wed Jan 16, 2013

We have made an offer on a house that is for sale but the house has tenants in it and on top of that the tenants won't allow for a viewing of the inside.
They are also two months behind on the rent.
Dose anybody know how this works? how much time do the tenants have to move, are they supposed to let prospective buyers view inside the house? Thanks again

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There could be different answers to your question depending upon whether the tenants have a valid lease or rental agreement in place. Most rental / lease agreements have provisions allowing the owners access to the property with proper notice, ususally at least 24 hours notice for maintenance or showing. Is the current owner a private party or a bank or lender ? The tenants in California have more rights than their landlords in many cases and there is a process of giving notice to the tenants, i.e. a 3 day notice to pay rent and or quit, followed by an eviction process if the tenants do not pay or make arrangements with the owner. Depending upon the owner and their intentions the eviction process could take some time and cost $800 or more if contested. Are you buying the property to use as a rental or to live in ? Are you represented by a Realtor in the transaction ? Members of the Calif. Assn. of Realtors have access to legal advice thru the Association when questions like these arise. These comments are not intended to be legal advice but rather observations to assist you. Wayne Stamm, West Coast Realty & Assoc. (760) 887-3997
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Hi Wayne, thank you for responding.
We are trying to buy the property to live in.
The property is privately owned and we are working with the agent that is representing the property for the owners.
can I ask you one more question, what is the process or time frame when tenants live in a rental that is for sale and then is sold? Is it the same as regular rental?
Well maybe its like you said, it needs to be in writing it the rental agreement?
Thanks so much.
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