Can I sue if my landlord is breaking my lease to sell and told me I have to leave in 40 days which is 3 months early?

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Can I sue if my landlord is breaking my lease to sell and told me I have to leave in 40 days which is 3 months early?

The landlord informed me before that it wouldn’t effect my current lease and because of the short notice I’m not in a position financially to move. He also wants to compensate me by using my deposit of $1250 for a months rent which still leaves me with nothing. Am I entitled to anything at all? What would be the best way to handle this?

Asked on February 28, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Your landlord can not break your lease just becuase he wants to sell.  He nhas to sell the property subject to the lease or make some reaonable arrangement with you - like paying your moving expenses - to have you sign off on voiding the lease.  And the securty is generally for damage not rent (although in some states it can be applied to rent).  He can not evict you until the lease is over. If he tries go seek help from a tenant's rights group.  Good luck.


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