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1. Posted by KellyCVIC (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I heard that some renters in Florida were having trouble with their rentals being sold while they were there. As a result, they were forced to leave the property. Have you heard of this happening? If so, what have people done about it?

2. Posted by urbancow (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

i dont know specifics about florida law, but as a general matter of law, a landlord (new or not) cant simply oust a tenant who has a legal right to be there (via a lease for instance). in addition, issues like this would have to be dealt with by the courts--the landlord (again, new or not) could not go over there and change the locks, throw the person out on the street, etc.

but again, i dont know florida law--there may be something different happening down there--but i cant imagine that the state is too out of step with the rest of the common law.

3. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Because of the real estate boom is most states in the US (Florida being one of them), many apartment complexes (rental units) are being converted into condominiums (privately owned) so the land owner can make a HUGE profit on those sales.

But if you have a lease for, lets say, one yr or two (typically it is no more than one yr), the landlord has no right to kick you out of the property until the contract has been fulfilled by both parties. They may have the right to NOT renew the lease (unless there is a special clause in the contract that allows for the option to renew at the renter's option). The landlord has to keep the tenant for as long as the lease is good but since most people buying the properties are investors, then typically the new owner (investor) will renew the lease to the current renter.

This is very typical right now but if you are already paying $1500 a month per rent, you are better off buying it anyway. Also, usually the renter has the first option to buy. If the renter turns the offer down, then the unit is put up for sale in the market.

I hope this helps clarify some of it.

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