If I have a 1 year lease but the owner of the home went into a nursing home and the state is now taking the property and wants to sell, can they evict us before lease is up?

Asked on September 11, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if the owner loses his/her ownership of the home due to, for example, medicare liens or unpaid property taxes, then you may be evicted despite the lease that is because the landlord cannot give you more rights than he/she has, and if the home is taken by the state for these reasons, the landlord loses his/her own right to possess the home, and not having the right him/herself to possess it, cannot give anyone, including you, the right to possesion. Your rights end when your landlord's rights end.

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