The Residential Landlord-Tenant Act (RLTA) regulates the creation of residential tenancies and the relationship between landlords and tenants of residential dwelling units.
Certain types of living arrangements are exempt from the RLTA, including:
An exemption is added to the RLTA for living arrangements where the buyer and seller of a dwelling unit enter into a written agreement for the seller to remain in the dwelling unit after closing the sale.
PRO: The bill addresses a specific issue that occurs when a home is sold and sometimes the seller is not ready to move out or the buyer is not ready to move in. This type of agreement is far from a typical landlord-tenant situation and this bill clarifies that this specific situation should not fall under the RLTA. Historically, leasebacks were an important tool used in residential real estate sales that help both sides of the transaction. A leaseback scenario now places buyers in the role of a landlord. Home buyers and sellers are not the audience the RLTA intends to address.
OTHER: As written, the bill could exempt distressed homes or distressed conveyances from the RLTA and leave some people vulnerable.