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New Landllord asked whether I can move out early

Postby alkion77 » Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:35 am

Hi Guys

I need some advise for my situation.
Currently I'm staying condo and recently this unit was sold.
So new landlord asked me whether I can move out early (8 months earlier).
He told me surely he can't force me to move out but ask me to consider.
Then he will pay moving cost.

Is this fair?

Simply think, if I want to move out earlier then definitely my deposit will be gone so do I need to ask more compensation?

Please share ur opinion. thanks!

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Re: New Landllord asked whether I can move out early

Postby the lynx » Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:46 am

alkion77 wrote:Hi Guys

I need some advise for my situation.
Currently I'm staying condo and recently this unit was sold.
So new landlord asked me whether I can move out early (8 months earlier).
He told me surely he can't force me to move out but ask me to consider.
Then he will pay moving cost.

Is this fair?

Simply think, if I want to move out earlier then definitely my deposit will be gone so do I need to ask more compensation?

Please share ur opinion. thanks!


Check your contract. If he is the one who is terminating, he should pay in lieu for the number of months (if it is stated). Ask him what will happen to your deposit in this case.

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Postby alkion77 » Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:02 pm

There is no statement for compensation. He told me he will return my deposit and pay moving cost.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:14 pm

Look at it this way. The new landlord wants you to move out, if not now, then 8 months from now. You are going to have to find a new place.

Your LL will pay moving costs and return your deposit. You can be an asshole and tell him to ferk off, that you will not move out, and then at the end of 8 more months, you'll be demanding your deposit from a LL that is pissed off at you, and may well tell you to ferk off.

Or, you can sanguinely accept the circumstances, realize that you have a cooperative LL, and find a new place. You have many options open to you, within reason, in addition to moving costs and deposit. You might find a place that costs more and ask the LL to reimburse you for the additional costs for the next 8 months. Or, if you need to buy a new washer, dryer, or fridge for the next place, ask the LL to pick up the cost.

Always better to settle amicably... if you like the place you are in, ask the LL about knowledge of other units that might be available.

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:21 pm

For me, no compensation would = no move. I mean, unless you already intended to move now, why would you want the hassle?

You can either reply that you're not interested, and then stay (but beware if they then take their 'revenge' on your deposit later),

or

figure out the costs to you, add a whole heap of compensation on top, and tell him that's what it will cost to surrender the lease early*.


Keep it black and white, and simple. Keep in mind you are entitled to Quiet Enjoyment, i.e. peaceful occupation of the property without undue interference etc by the landlord. I.e. your reply to the above is precisely that, if he continues it might cross the line re: QE.


* I did this, many years ago now. It wasn't a particularly enjoyable experience or period of time, but they ended up 'buying me out' for what was then really quite a considerable sum of money.

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 24 Jun 2014 1:08 pm

How much you would need to pay to move out? If this is some peanuts, then I would consider asking for some additional compensation, but if this is like 3-4k or more, then you might consider it depending on your personal circumstances. As SE said, you would have to move anyway in 8 months. Of course in such case, if you use and pay an agent, the LL should also cover it.

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 24 Jun 2014 1:11 pm

Been through this scenario several times already. What I can advise is to amicably negotiate to get the most you can get from them for you to move out.

The moving cost and returning the deposit (hopefully, whole) sounds ok but you can hem and haw about engaging another agent, deposit for PUB bill, mail redirection, etc.

Give the impression that you're willing to move out but that you just aren't willing to lose for something completely preventable but outside your control.

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Postby Wd40 » Tue, 24 Jun 2014 2:22 pm

Rents are down a lot at the moment compared to even 6 months ago. I just saw ads for Melville park 2 bed condo going for 2.5k, during the hay days it used to go for 2.9k minimum and upto 3.2k.

If I were you I would take this opportunity to sign a new lease and take advantage of the lower rent situation. Ofcourse, I wont tell the landlord that, I will expect him to let me stay for free for 2 months and also return my deposit. Fair enough. Win Win situation!

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Postby PNGMK » Tue, 24 Jun 2014 8:08 pm

Wd40 wrote:Rents are down a lot at the moment compared to even 6 months ago. I just saw ads for Melville park 2 bed condo going for 2.5k, during the hay days it used to go for 2.9k minimum and upto 3.2k.

If I were you I would take this opportunity to sign a new lease and take advantage of the lower rent situation. Ofcourse, I wont tell the landlord that, I will expect him to let me stay for free for 2 months and also return my deposit. Fair enough. Win Win situation!


+1 to this.


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