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Old 04-12-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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Hi all.

Shortest version possible. (we are in Texas)

We are currently living in a house that was sold at foreclosure on Apr 2nd.

I am familiar with the PTAF act.. however, we are in a different situation, as we do NOT want to stay at this house. In fact, we sent a letter to the original landlord to give 30 day notice, as we knew she was having trouble and might lose the house. We did not hear back, and we unfortunately did not send it certified. We have already signed a lease to move into another house.

We were contacted by a Property Management company with a card in the door, and I finally was able to make contact with them today. They stated that the person who bought it want's to rent it out, as they bought several properties to do this with, and this was the only one that had actual tenants living in it. They asked questions about the lease, and informed them we were in the month to month portion, and what our rent was. I did not tell him about the 30 day letter. I did broach the subject of Cash For Keys, and he said that he would check, but probably not, as they want to rent it out.

Questions:

1. Do I have to provide them a 30 day notice that starts today, or is the one I sent previously sufficient?

2. I am guessing I will be out of my deposit from the previous owner. However, I don't want to be socked with a bill from this company for any damages to the house or anything of that sort. The house was in a state of disrepair when we moved in. I know people say that the house is cleaner now than before, this is a case of that being pretty accurate. Part of the reason we wanted to move is because of some of the issues with the house. What are my responsibilities legally to ensure I don't get socked with extra charges? From what I have read, they really can't come after us because they don't have an initial walkthrough to say what state the house was in, but, I'd like to be sure on that.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Wouldn't hurt to send an email to the former owner and ask her to verify via return email that she did, in fact, receive your 30 day notice. If you are able to get a response, use that as your evidence of notice. Hope you did not pay the last month's rent if you are certain you won't get your security deposit returned to you.

I would take photos of the house as it is today. Then I would insert them into a document that details the condition in which the house is being left with a narrative covered each and every past and present issue with the house and if you made an improvement or it stands as it was at move in. Print the document and get it notarized. Provide it, and your former landlord's confirmation of notice via certified letter to the new owner/property manager.
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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Thanks for the info.

Any other suggestions?
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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Your lease probably has a transfer of ownership clause you should check to see what guidance you've agreed to as far as notice. I've purchased foreclosured houses with tenants and the new homeowner would likely be happy to have a clean slate (you leave with notice). The landlord will want their own lease, set rents, perform due diligence, etc., but asking for cash for keys showed them you want to leave. Try again without without the bribe :-)
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