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David Siegel
  • San Diego, CA
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Need help understanding my rights as a landlord in California

David Siegel
  • San Diego, CA
Posted Jan 29 2024, 14:44

I have a tenant and they have been great for 2 years. Their lease is up on February 29. We decided it would be best to sell the property about 2 weeks ago and notified the tenant we do not plan on extending the lease. Their response was a little off the rails. They mentioned the wife has medical issues and this is causing stress and if she ends up in the hospital due to stress we will be hearing from their lawyers. 

We were working with our Real Estate Agent to do all the  little things that need to be done to sell a home and trying to coordinate those activities with the tenant. Our messaging was along the lines of 'we want to be flexible and offer you an additional month or 2 if you need it. But we need a firm move out date from you within a week'. They responded with the email saying their wife is sick and we will hear from their lawyers. We have since spoken to our tenant and they said they need time to figure things out. We responded to say that's fine try to let us know by Feb 1 with that firm move out date.

In reality this is a quid pro quo. I want them to allow us to conduct selling activities and in return we will be flexible on the move out date. If they don't offer us a reliable move out date in a timely manner and as a result our selling activities come to a standstill, I would like to plan on having them vacate the property by February 29 when their lease is up.

Has anyone dealt with a similar issue? Anyone in California? Does anyone have a good referral for legal representation for landlords? TIA for replies!

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