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    Hi all. I sold a house that my family have rent out to the same tenant for 45 years and now I'm now told that the new landlord has told them that there selling the house and won't them out can they do this... and she is 89 years old. We sold the house because we needed to but sold it to someone who has know the tenant all there life.

    #2
    It's unlikely that the new landlord would be able to evict a tenant who's been there since the early 1970s.

    Once you sold the property, you are no longer involved.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      As a general principle, there is no legal requirement to tenants due to age or length of tenancy, and, being a landlord forum, most people here would be looking at this from the point of view of how the buyer would get possession.

      However, this tenancy is so old (the age of the tenant is irrelevant), that it is likely to be a "protected tenancy", meaning it will be very difficult to get the tenant out; ASTs were introduced because landlords objected to the level of security in protected tenancies.. It is a little surprising that you were even able to sell with a protected tenancy in place.

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        #4
        Advise tenant or their relatives to get advice from Shelter 0808 800 4444 and their website & "Shelter Legal" website on rights of "rent act", regulated, protected tenants .

        New Landlord has almost certainly no rights to evict tenant.

        New Landlord needs a good kickin'.
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #5
          I think you will also find the local council will fight hard to get the tenant to assert their rights.

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            #6
            If the old lady moved in 45 years ago then it is most likely a protected tenancy. See this page:
            https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ho...5-january-1989

            In which case the new landlord either doesn't know what they are talking about or they are simply bluffing. Either way she can tell them she won't be leaving and to kindly not bother her with such nonsense again. If the Landlord persists in bringing up the subject then get CAB or shelter to write to the Landlord to tell them to back off.

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