The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) regulates the relationship between landlords and tenants, and includes provisions regarding the duties of tenants and landlords, remedies for violations of those duties, and prohibited actions.
Certain types of living arrangements are exempt from the RLTA unless primarily established to avoid application of the RLTA, including:
An exemption from the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act is added for living arrangements where the buyer and seller of a dwelling unit enter into a written agreement for the seller to retain possession of the dwelling unit after closing of the sale if the following conditions are satisfied:
The substitute bill replaces the exemption added by the original bill to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act for written sale and leaseback agreements up to six months in length, with an exemption for written sale and leaseback agreements up to three months in length where the buyer does not accept any rent payments from the seller after three months from closing, the dwelling unit was not a distressed home at the time of closing, and the seller was represented by a licensed attorney or licensed real estate broker during negotiation of the purchase agreement or at the time of closing.
(In support) Leaseback agreements are an important tool for real estate professionals and sellers. Sellers often want to be able to leaseback their home. Sometimes sellers want to leaseback their home for short periods so that they can clean up the house and get it ready before the buyer moves into the home. Sometimes sellers want to leaseback their home for longer periods if they are waiting for their new house to close, if they need the equity from their current home to close on their new home, or if the moving costs are high and a leaseback is the only way to make it affordable.
Leaseback agreements are currently subject to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. This means that if the seller refuses to move out after the end of the leaseback period, the buyer and seller have to go through eviction proceedings. Buyers are not typically trying to become landlords for the home that they have just purchased. This is confusing for the seller and the buyer, and sometimes means that instead of entering into a leaseback agreement, the seller has to leave the house quickly and in a mess.
(Other) In some instances, a leaseback could be part of a predatory scheme to rob a homeowner of their equity in the home. In these distressed conveyance scenarios, often these homeowners are elderly and at risk of foreclosure. They receive unsolicited offers to purchase their home at well below fair market value, are given a leaseback, and then evicted and lose all the equity in their home. The bill could be amended to address these concerns.