If my landlord informed me a unit in the building I live in was condemned, what does this mean for my unit?

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If my landlord informed me a unit in the building I live in was condemned, what does this mean for my unit?

My landlord has been having trouble evicting another unit. The tenant called the housing authority and had his unit condemned. Does this mean the whole building is condemned? Do I have to move?

Asked on November 5, 2010 under Real Estate Law, Missouri

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, single units of a building are not condemned on their own so I would indeed be concerned here.  Whatever the problem is in the single unit is likely to be a problem in every unit.  having a unit condemned can be a difficult thing (unless the City/State/Federal government does so under various laws that permit them for various reasons "for the greater good" kind of thing).  I would start your investigation here by going to whatever agency your City has for building issues (a Department of Buildings possibly?) and inquiring as to the address and the status of the building.  Look for any violations that have been issued and ask to speak with someone about your situation.  If it is true then you will have to relocate. Good luck. 


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