Does the death of the landlord void the lease?
November 28, 2006 10:45 AM Subscribe
NYCFilter: If my landlord dies, does that death void my lease?
posted by jason's_planet to law & government (9 answers total)
My landlord is an older man. He has some health problems. He's going into the hospital for a procedure next week. His agent who collects the rent was very eager to get my money into his account before his visit to the hospital.
I'm not sure how much of this urgency is just her normal anxiety and paranoia, but it still has me wondering: if my landlord were to die, would that void my lease or can I stay at my apartment and just pay his estate? I live in a co-op building. I pay market rate. I'm not covered by rent control or stabilization. I have been addressing the checks to him personally, not to a real estate company.
My concerns are that, without the protection of the lease, his heirs might try to increase the rent or sell the unit. These aren't huge concerns; I have been a reliable tenant for quite a while and the building isn't in a great location, so units tend not to move very quickly.
He'll probably be OK. But in the event something should happen, I would like to know what my legal position would be.
Many thanks in advance.