Must a tenant be notified by the landlord if the rental premies is being put up for sale?

My landlord has recently put the house I live in up for sale (4 days ago) without notifying me. I found out after I looked it up on a real estate website. I received a text message from his wife yesterday that a realtor will be here today with perspective buyers to look at the property. She told me that my family and I have to be gone so they can look at the house. They still have not even told me that the house has been put up for sale. Is this legal? Don’t they have to notify me in writing that the house has been put on the market? This has all come out of the blue and I am afraid that I will not have enough time to find another place if they get an offer. Is there anything I can do? I have lived here for 2 years and 8 months; my lease was up at 1 year.

Asked on September 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, California


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this coutnry a landlord is not required to advise his or her tenant that the unit being rented is on the market for resale. However, under the laws of all states, the tenant is required to be given at least 24 hours notice for a person who may be interested in buying the property to have access to it.

You do not have to be absent from your rental when a buyer is looking at it. However, most tenants are not present at this time. It appears that you are on a month to month lease now. If so, your landlord at this point in time can legally give you a thirty (30) day notice to vacate the unit.

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