(Closed) Leaving a rental house: Questions

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 16
998 posts
Busy bee

When your landlord transfers ownership, the new owner is the new landlord so any contract you made with the old landlord passes to the new.  In that event, I think you’d still owe the month’s rent and your landlord might have even used that in their negotiations with the buyer.  

Post # 17
2453 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I know in my lease, it doesn’t matter if we break the lease and they rent it out two days or two months later- it’s a flat fee.

But also according to our lease, they aren’t allowed to show our apartment unless they ask for permission in writing and we grant it in writing- regardless of when we’re moving out.

Post # 18
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Where i live, the landlord cannot charge you anything after a new person moves in. So in this case, if the closing occurs half way through the month you paid for, you should get half that rent back.

Post # 19
9535 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

it can’t hurt to ask.  if you have a good relationship with your landlord, just ask.

Post # 20
2631 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Not sure at all what the right answer is, but here’s my take.  You and your landlord agreed that the shelves would stay.  At that point in time, landlord decided to sell the house.  When DH and I bought our house, everything that was attached to the house (curtains, curtain rods, shelves, etc) were included.  If your landlord made this type of agreement (after agreeing with you that the shelves would stay up) this might be an issue for his sale.  I don’t know.  If you hadn’t already agreed to take the shelves, I don’t think it would be a problem.

Post # 21
11381 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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JsDragonfly :  that’s been the deal in the states where I’ve purchased property – if it’s attached, it stays.

So OP’s laws could be different, but she shouldn’t assume she can take them down and patch at this point, since the house contract was already agreed upon. 

Post # 22
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Landlord here…

I am known as a very nice landlord and really like to work with the tenants, but I think sometimes they mistake that for being friendly vs. this is my business. 

For the shelves – they are yours. If you want to bring them, do it, but if you don’t, leave them. They can ask nicely, but the shelves are ultimately YOURS not theirs. If you did agree though, you should probably leave them as that’s going back on the agreement. If it’s a big deal, ask the landlord to buy them from you.

As for selling and having people come in and out – that’s just what happens when you put your notice in. You’d experience the same if they rented out the house to someone else. 

Depends when the house closes, but I would think the landlord needs that month to fix things, clean it up, etc for the new owners. I wouldn’t expect anything off of them. 

Post # 23
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m in CA where the tenant laws are pretty generous… If your lease says you have to pay the extra month for breaking it early, then your stuck on that one. Sure you could ask, but techinically you agreed to that upon signing & they can require it no matter who moves in or doesn’t move in after. Your lucky- most leases I’ve seen require you to pay the remainder of the rent due under the lease, which could be anywhere form 1 month to 11 months (depending on when you cancel), regardless of wehter they find a new tenant or not. The shelfs are yours, period, but you did agree to leave them already. If it’s not in writing then I’d take them honestly. In my state they cannot charge you for normal wear & tear (which is dependent on how long you’ve been there). They MUST give you a detailed invoice regarding what they used your security deposit for if you do not get all of it returned. 

We’ve been in our rental for nearly 10 years now. The owners cannot charge us for 1) repainting the walls (2 or more years = no deduction); 2) replacing/repairing carpet, assuming it was a 10 year carpet (if not it gets deducted based on the amount of “life” left in the carpet); 3) minor holes and marks on the wall (large gouges are deducted yes, but if they are just standard shelfs and you’ve been there years I wouldn’t worry & it’s less of an issue if you fall into the no deduction for painting anyway)… 


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