Jan 25 2018

Sometime last summer, around the time we renewed our lease, our landlord mentioned that he wanted to sell the house we've been renting in California for the past couple of years.  As one might expect, this caused a bit of a stir at home, but then we didn't hear back from him for a couple of months (no news is good news, right?) and went back to life as normal.  Around Yule we all but forgot about it.

Last weekend, our landlord paid us a visit and informed us that he was starting the house-selling process.  The first round of inspectors would be around to check the house out last week (as you read this post) and could we please straighten the place up a little.  A not unreasonable request, this immediately kicked the family into high gear, cleaning stuff out (at last count, one box of clothes and four of books), throwing stuff away (so much stuff that we had to call a trash hauling company to take it away due to the limitations imposed by the local trash pickup company (only things in the bins they rent to you, nothing overflowing, nothing on the ground or street)), straightening up the backyard (the lawn clippings and raked leaves constituted a nontrivial amount of the stuff hauled away)... you get the drill.  Suffice it to say that the house hasn't looked this good since Yule.

The first round of inspectors and relators explored the house last week, to give it the once-over to see what they were dealing with.  We didn't seem to scare them too badly, and our landlord's used to us.  At any rate we won't know what they found until they've written up the full report, which we should get a copy of in a week or two.

Here's the thing: Our house is being sold as a rental property, so ideally only people looking to add another house-to-rent to their business protfolio are going to be looking into it.  It's entirely possible that this could be a no-op.  We might just get a new landlord and go about life as before.  This is our best case scenario.

Our worst case scenario is that the house sells, the new landlord gives us the legally required 60 days notice, and we have to move out.  This could be for any number of reasons: An intention to remodel the rental property, moving into the house, moving family members into the house, or our new landlord might buy our lease out (which is possible and regulated in our favor under California state law).

So, we don't know what's going to happen.  We're hoping for the best but just in case we're putting together some backup plans and working out a timeline.  What I do know is that we're not in any trouble.  We'll have plenty of time to act if we need to and we're not hurting for options.