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  • I’m all for the anti-crime letter. Two thumbs up for Jane.

  • I think Lizlemon’s question about her landlord wanting to sell apartment raises questions. Does your landlord own a rowhouse and you are renting out an apartment within the rowhouse or does the LL own a condo and because LL moved to another state, you are leasing (or could be subleasing) your condo? I think there would be some differences because condo bylaws could dictate some of how this transfer would be handled. It also sounded like you have a good relationship with LL and that you like the place and things are good. I understand you don’t want the hassle of dealing with people coming to look at condo but you could have an understanding with your LL/agent that you will agree to show apartment only certain times of the week (that would be convenient for you). If it’s a rowhouse and you live in the basement, the LL could put the house for sale and you don’t have to make your basement apartment available except for when it comes to serious buyers who specifically ask to see the basement apartment (before putting a contract down). Maybe you could have an arrangement like that so your inconvenience or hassle is minimized. I am troubled by the fact that you seem to have a good living situation and a decent relationship with the LL and because you don’t like the upset or hassle of this change, that you are willing to throw around your tenant rights and maybe even hope to get a lump sum for your inconveniences.

    • My landlord owns a condo; the actual building itself has six condos in it. He lived in the condo for a long time, then tried to sell it. He couldn’t get the sale price he wanted, so in May of 2011, he began renting the unit to us. The condo is subject to an HOA but I do not know if their bylaws govern this situation.

      I’m not really sure what is troubling you here; I pay a lot of money each month in rent and I take excellent care of the condo and I simply would prefer that my LL either wait until the end of my lease to sell the condo or buy me out of my lease if he wants to sell it early. It’s a business relationship, one from which he greatly benefits. I now face the prospect of inconvenience by doing showings for him and getting a new landlord who is a stranger to me. So I don’t see why I shouldn’t be aware of my rights as a tenant and exercise those rights, both from a legal perspective and a business one. He’s not renting the apartment to me as a charity and I’m not paying him in excess of $2K each month just to be nice. What exactly is troubling about this inquiry?

      • I’m writing in the general because there are a lot of things I don’t know here that might make a difference in the situation. I would suspect the condo has some points about subleasing a unit but of course that varies by condo. You seemed like you were content with your living situation, including your LL, but now with a little disruption, you want a buy out if you can’t have your current living situation. I don’t know why your LL wants to sell now (I could take a good guess) but they are not breaking the lease if the new buyer accepts the tenant with the property (it happens, with SFH with basement rentals). While I get that you don’t like the unknown of a new LL and that I think you said you aren’t able to buy the place outright, which is one of your rights as a tenant, that you want a buyout/payout. It’s possible that I misread something but because of your unhappiness with some unknowns (potential new LL that is strange to you) you want to be compensated (buy out) for some unknowns to you. Life is full of unknowns (fortunately or unfortunately). Maybe there is more to this situation that I’m not getting.

      • Maybe he doesn’t want you throwing lemon parties in his place.

      • I understand you want to know what your legal rights are as a tenant in this situation. Is a buyout a legal right for tenants in DC given this set of circumstances?

  • Very nice photo. There is an eccentric gentleman living in that house.

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