Jj, Renter in San Francisco, CA

The house I'm renting will be sold 2 days before my lease expires, and the buyers intend to live in the house... My rights regarding vacating?

Asked by Jj, San Francisco, CA Fri Oct 14, 2011

Am I required to move out right after lease expires? Or does the new owner have to give me some sort of notice before I'm required to vacate? How much time do I legally have, before I have to vacate?

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you cannot be forced to leave before the end of a valid lease.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 10, 2011
This is one topic non-SF people ought not be trying to answer. We have unusual policies here that even locals find hard to dicipher. The answer is "it depends", and what it depends on are numerous factors which is why you should be consulting with a landlord-tenant attorney, the Rent Board, or the Tenant's Union. For example, if you are living in a single family home, but there is also an in-law unit with another tenant - that can change the answer. If you live in a condo built before or after 1979 can make a difference in the answers. Your age and whether or not you have a disability could also change the answer. Lots of variables, and ultimately it is a legal answer that only a qualified attorney can answer.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 14, 2011
Lease is good until the term is over or you violate it in some way, period.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 10, 2011
look at your lease agreement and its terms, or have an attorney look at it on your behalf....
It should clearly state when you need to vacate the property ..... Also once the property was put on the market for sale, did you not know about that fact and double checked your options with the owner/landlord at that time...

I am just wondering, lease agreement should very much spill those details out, but they could be very different from property to property.... Have someone in your area, preferably an experienced attorney look at your rental/lease agreement....

Good Luck to you!
Edith YourRealtor4Life! And Chicago & Northern Illinois Expert
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 15, 2011
Dp2 - if you know SF, you would understand my point. Meanwhile, you didn't even bother to answer the author's question. Were you planning to "speak with more authority" or just insult?
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 15, 2011
Non-locals . . . blah blah blah . . .

Please realize that non-locals also invest in properties in SF. The ones who actually OWN income properties in SF probably could speak with more authority--based upon their own experience--than locals who don't own income properties in SF.

Similarly, some investors based in SF also invest in non-local markets.

Some agents/investors opt to operate locally; others (myself included) prefer to operate in multiple markets. Choose wisely.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 14, 2011
you might want to look into your renters rights.
It appears you have knowledge this has been happening for awhile so I take it you have been notified somehow.
Perhaps you can contact your landlord be it old or new, and work it out. ( they may buy you out of your lease )
Perhaps you can move out when your lease expires.
Legal advice from an attorney who you can give a much more clear questions and answers might help as well.

Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes Realty
(951) 821-8211
California Department of Real Estate Broker License # 01312992
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 14, 2011
Hi Jj

I usually prefer to see tenants and landlords sort things out in a friendly way. Please note that Realtors cannot really act as legal advisors. So here's the CAR legal hotline: 213.739.8282.

Good luck

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 14, 2011
The new owners must honor the terms of the lease. Then they will need to follow the proper procedures regarding evictions. Your first best step is to contact the SF Rent Board to assess you situation and go from there:


Best of luck,

Oggi Kashi
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to error and omission, and not warranted. CA DRE 01844627
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 14, 2011
Hi Jj,

Rich is correct, you should definitely consult with an attorney and contact the rent board for additional information. FYI, the buyers cannot give you notice until the property has actually closed and they are on title as the new owners.

Best of luck.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 14, 2011

You should consult a qualified attorney or the SF Rent Board regarding your questions. Realtor's should not be advising you on issues like these (this helps assure you're getting the correct and most up to date information).

Best of luck.

Rich Bennett

Zephyr Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 14, 2011
Your lease should have the answers in it. It could go either way. If there is something about requiring you to get a 1, 2, 3 or 4 week notice it should say so. If there is nothing about having to give you notice then you could be asked to leave asap.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 14, 2011
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