Enrique V Urdaneta


Guide to Selling a Rented Property

As a property owner, there may be occasions when you wish to sell a property currently occupied by tenants. This could be due to a variety of reasons, from receiving an attractive offer for the property to a reorientation of your investments. While it is completely legal to sell a rented property, it's important to remember that both landlords and tenants have rights that must be respected. Fortunately, there are legal and ethical methods to handle this process.

1. Selling During a Short-Term Lease

If your tenant has a short-term lease, such as a month-to-month agreement, you can ask them to vacate the property with proper notice (usually 30 to 60 days, depending on local laws). You can choose to wait until the property is vacant to show it to potential buyers. If you prefer to show the property while it is still occupied, it is important to notify the tenant at least 24 to 48 hours in advance, according to local regulations.

2. Long-Term Lease Agreements

If your tenant has a long-term lease, such as a one-year agreement, they have the right to stay in the property until the lease term ends. However, you can request the tenant to vacate early if the lease includes an early termination clause or if the tenant has violated the lease terms.

3. Selling to an Investor

Another viable option is to sell the property to an investor while it is still occupied by a tenant. Many investors are interested in rental properties as a source of income and may view the current tenant as an asset, since they will not have to find a new tenant.

4. Selling to the Current Tenant

Some landlords choose to offer the property for sale to the current tenants before seeking external buyers. If the tenants are not interested, you can request them to vacate the property by a certain date. If they are interested in buying, you might consider assisting them in the purchasing process, facilitating the financial conditions.

5. Offering Incentives for Eviction

In cases where the tenant is unwilling to vacate the property and is not interested in buying it, you can consider offering financial incentives for them to agree to vacate. This could include paying for moving costs or offering a lump sum of money agreed upon by both parties.


Each of these options requires careful and considerate handling, always respecting the tenant's rights and complying with local leasing laws. By doing so, you can ensure a smooth transition for all parties involved.


Enrique Vicente Urdaneta

Real Estate Advisor | eXp Realty | EVU Luxury Homes


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Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is intended to provide a general understanding of the topic. However, please note that I am a real estate agent, not a lawyer, accountant, tax, or financial advisor. This content should not be taken as legal, tax, accounting, or financial advice. The laws and regulations related to this topic can be complex and may change or expand in the future. Therefore, it is crucial to consult with a qualified professional, such as a specialized financial or tax advisor, before making any decision based on this information. As a real estate agent, I can provide various options and professional guidance related to the real estate aspects of your investment strategy, and for matters related to tax implications, legal issues, and financial planning, please consult with the appropriate professionals, which whom I have allies I can refer.

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