Can a landlord evict you if you are trying to purchase the house you are renting?

I am renting a house. The owner decided to sell and I decided to buy. I am now trying to close on the house but the owner gave me an eviction notice stating either close on the house in 30 days or I’m evicted on that 30th day. Being that I’m in the process of closing (approved and escrow money is given), can the owner still evict me in 30 days if closing might take a few more daysafter that?

Asked on June 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Washington


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Sounds like the landlord is confusing your role as buyer and your role as tenant. He cannot simply evict you in 30 days. He must go through the court process to do a proper eviction proceeding. As to the matter of closing, if he insists on doing this then you insist in a counter offer to make him pay for your hotel stay during the days that he wants you out of your own home!

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