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Q: My landlord has just sold the property I am living in. Will I be evicted?

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A. Your tenancy agreement is a legal document. If you are in the ‘fixed term’ of the agreement, then you are entitled to continue to live in the property until the end of the fixed term regardless of who the landlord is. The new landlord cannot ask you to sign a new tenancy agreement during this fixed term. However, if you are on a periodic tenancy, your new landlord may give you two months’ notice to move out of the property. This is unfortunate for you if you are happy and settled in the property, but the landlord is well within their rights to do so. If your tenancy agreement started before 1989 then you are a sitting tenant (or protected tenant) and your rights remain in place even a new landlord takes over the managing responsibility.