Can I access the home we’re buying once closing is done if we have agreed to let sellers 2 weeks to vacate?

When putting an offer to seller, the stipulation was that they have two weeks after closing to vacate the property. Can I legally have access to the home while they live there? Can I make

Asked on September 24, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Ohio


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

No, you have no right to any longer access the home. Once you gave the extension to the sellers that was tantamount to having rented the premises to them. Accordingly, they have the right to sole possession, even though you are now the legal owner.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

No, you cannot: if you agreed to let them have two extra weeks before vacating, that is like agreeing to rent to them: just as the landlord cannot enter the tenant's apartment at will, so, too, can the buyer not disturb the possesion they agreed to give the seller. You will have to wait until they move.

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