If a landlord sells the property in the middle of the tenant's lease, does that automatically require the tenant to leave? Unless there is a clause in the lease specifying this, not according to California law. As long as the landlord owns the property, he or she must abide by the lease that was set forth between the landlord and tenant, providing all the necessary maintenance etc that would have been expected if the property had never gone on the market. Certain rules will limit the landlord's ability to show the home to prospective buyers, including giving proper notice of intent to show the home as well as keeping the showings to business hours. Once the property does sell, the lease is transferred over to the new owner unless otherwise specified in the contract. This includes the deposit that was originally given to the first landlord that should be transferred to the new owner upon purchase.
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