Originally Posted by vt74
Why can't the seller get rid of them?* Are they on a long term lease?* Do they have a claim against the landlord?* Did the landlord give them notice and they didn't leave?* You need to know what the story is.
The landlord is out of the country. Apparently, the landlord gave a notice but these tenant are ignoring the notice and are not paying rent since the place is not "livable". Basically they are professional renters that would try to live for free.
Do what Brat suggests and talk to a lawyer about how to evict these people.* A lot of places require tenants who withhold rent because of condition issues to deposit that rent with the court.*
A lot of places don't.*
You might have to watch for retalitory eviction claims.*
But in any event, talk to a lawyer.* It may be a lot simpler for you to evict than the prior owner.*
Oh, I have seen rare circumstances where tenants are paid to leave. Most often in circumstances like yours, where the property is being sold. Could be a simple solution.