When to sell a rental property is a question faced by many real estate investors so in this week’s Ask Landlord Hank he offers some suggestions.
Dear Landlord Hank,
We have a 13-year tenant, on month-to-month, with three children, no father involved. She can hardly afford the rent, which I have kept low as she is a good tenant. The state and an uncle help with the rent. She runs a small day care in the unit. Business has been very slow the last couple of years. I need to sell, but what options do I have?
Dear Landlord Don,
It sounds like you’ve been very generous with this tenant for 13 years to allow her to raise her family in your rental.
The property is your rental though, and you have no obligation to continue to allow a tenant to rent from you forever.
If you had a current lease, you would simply let this tenant know that you are selling the unit at the end of her lease and she would not be able to renew. You’d put it in writing and send it to her by certified mail, return receipt requested, so you’d have proof of delivery.
Since you have no lease and your tenant has a month-to-month tenancy, I would talk to her and tell her the same thing, which is you have no choice but to sell the property and she must vacate. Since she has been a good long-term tenant, I would give her some extra time to find a new place.
Ultimately, you may have to evict the tenant if she won’t leave voluntarily. If the property looks good you could also try to sell it with the tenant in place.
All of this above advice is dependent upon compliance with your state’s current laws regarding eviction protection due to the pandemic, and whether your property falls under the Cares Act.