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Just Because You Own The House Doesn’t Mean You Can Take It Back Whenever!

Call today from a tenant looking for a new place to live.  During these calls, I always ask, “Why are you looking to move?”  Today the answer was, “My landlord said he lost his house and he needs a place to move -  he said because he owns the place, I have to leave so he can move in.”

Ai yi yi - if you are a landlord – you should know better.  If you don’t know better, you shouldn’t be in the business of being a landlord. 

If you are a tenant, and you

  • have a lease,

  • pay your rent on time,

  • haven’t violated any terms of the lease,

  • you can sit back and relax.. you won't have to move. 

But...could or would a landlord in this “predicament” make it difficult for you if you don’t move?  Sure, it could happen.  People in these situations who feel entitled, or feel that something is “theirs so they can do what they want” could make things difficult just to force you out.

If you decide to move out to keep the peace -  protect yourself:

  • Have the landlord put notice in writing

  • Get a reference letter ahead of time for your next landlord

  • Ask how and when the landlord intends to refund your security deposit (could be an issue with a landlord going broke)

  • Don’t wreck the home on your way out – two irrational decisions don’t make one good one.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsGabrielle Kamahele Rhind • October 29 2012 05:03PM


Gabrielle - Tenants have rights and those should have been explained to them when they signed the lease agreement.  I know for a fact that there are tenants that have no idea what their right are and what to do if they are violated.  True these are hard times and landlords should not make them harder by being unreasonable.  Thanks for the blog.

Posted by Steve Ewing - Keller Williams Realty (Keller Williams) over 6 years ago


We have has the same issues in South Florida Your right on target if you have a lease the landlord can't force you out of the home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 6 years ago

Excellent Post as I am a landlord! They need to understand as you put it in different words, "2 wrongs don't make a right".

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) over 6 years ago


And here I thought that's what contracts were for...determining the "legal" course of action.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago


Great advise for those who are good tenants in this situation.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 6 years ago

The landlord is in clear violation. I have seen this before. However, one owner offered monies for compensation.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) over 6 years ago

Oh my.  Talk about a horrible situation to be in...on both sides.  I hope that the renter can find another place to go quickly.

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) over 6 years ago

Always amazed that people assume and never check that facts look no futher than our elections as sheep will believe anything the news report

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 6 years ago

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