Last Updated on November 1, 2023 by Kelvin Nielsen
After establishing a lease with a landlord, Connecticut tenants obtain a smorgasbord of rights under state law (Connecticut General Statutes Title 47A). Among these are your rights when the landlord sells the property.
When a tenant signs a fixed-term lease in Connecticut, they automatically get certain rights under the state law. Including, the right to continue living on their rented premises until the end of the lease. That said, some exceptions to this blanket rule exist.
In this guide, you’ll learn what rights you enjoy when your landlord decides to sell the property you’re renting in Connecticut.
What Rights Do Tenants Have When Landlord Sells Property in Connecticut?
Under Connecticut lease termination laws, a tenant has a right to continue living on their rented property until the end of their lease. The landlord must not try to forcefully evict you from the property by using “self-help means.
Examples of self-help eviction tactics include locking you out, throwing out your personal belongings, or shutting down your utilities. These are all illegal actions under CT law!
And while nothing exactly stops a landlord from selling their property, they must still honor the terms of the lease.
The following are the rights that your landlord must honor if they choose to sell the property in which you’re residing in.
- The right to remain on the property until the end of the lease agreement.
- The right to have the new landlord honor the lease terms, including charging the same rent amount as before and returning the security deposit after moving out.
- The right to proper notification before selling the property to a new landlord.
- The right to be present during property showings to prospective buyers.
- The right to refuse prospective buyers from entering their rented premises without proper notification by the landlord.
- The right to compensation by the landlord if you choose to break the lease early. This can include reimbursement for moving expenses and the difference between the rent you paid and the one you have to pay in your new apartment.
Additionally, you’ll want to keep the following things in mind when the landlord is looking to sell the property you’re renting.
- Get everything in writing for use in case a dispute arises later on.
- Document all back-and-forth communication you have with them, including phone calls and emails.
- Ready yourself to move.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tenants’ Rights When Landlord Sells Property in Connecticut
Q: Can a landlord sell a house during a lease in CT?
A: Yes; nothing stops a landlord from selling a house during a lease in Connecticut. The landlord may want to sell the property for a myriad of different reasons. Including, to cash on equity, reduce their workload, relocate, or even to downsize their investment portfolio.
Q: Can a landlord refuse to renew a lease in Connecticut?
A: Yes. A landlord has a right to refuse to renew a lease without giving a reason. Some exceptions to this do exist, however. A landlord must not refuse to renew a lease due to retaliatory reasons, or after a disabled tenant’s request to make a reasonable accommodation or modification.
Q: Can a landlord break a lease in CT?
A: Yes, a landlord can break a lease in CT. Generally speaking, a landlord can break a lease when looking to sell the property, move into the property themselves, or after a tenant seriously violates a lease term.
Aside from that, a landlord must wait for the existing term of the lease to end to get the tenant to move out.
As a tenant in Connecticut, you have certain rights when the landlord sells the property. If you have reasons to believe your landlord has violated any of these rights, kindly seek expert attorney services. And if you have a specific question, please don’t forget to leave a question down below for expert help.
Disclosure: The content herein isn’t a substitute for advice from a professional attorney. It’s only meant to serve educational purposes. If you have a specific question, kindly seek expert attorney services.
Amanda Rose is a seasoned landlord with 13+ years of expertise in overseeing diverse properties. Her adept management spans single and family homes, along with multi-family apartments and condos, across Wyoming and South Dakota. Her commitment and proficiency have cemented her status as a thriving property management professional.
She is a member of the following organizations: Wyoming Landlord’s Association, National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), Wyoming Apartment Association, South Dakota Multi-Housing Association (SDMHA), and South Dakota Landlord Association (SDLA).