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You cannot "force" someone to make any agreement with you

Posted by Ken on December 11, 2000 at 18:54:50:

In Reply to: How can I force my LL to offer a lease? posted by Nick on December 11, 2000 at 18:23:57:

Your question as you phrased it is rather off base. A lease is like any other agreement you enter into. It must be voluntary between both you and the landlord. You cannot "force" your landlord to sign a lease any more than he could "force" you to stay there as his tenant.

In New York State, a month to month agreement can be terminated (by EITHER you or the LL) on 30 days written notice. You can't be kicked out without notice. Most small buildings are sold vacant so the situation you describe is not at all rare.

If you want to buy the building, you need to find out who the broker is. You would probably need to provide financial documentation to show that you have funds to purchase the place so that you will be taken seriously. A broker is required to pass on all legitimate offers to purchase to the owner. But keep in mind, of course, that he is free to sell to whomever he chooses.

Hope this clears things up a bit.

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