A new landlord is obligated to abide by any written agreements between the previous landlord and the tenant. If no written agreement was formed, or if it has expired, then the new landlord does not need to stay true to the promise made by the owner before him.
If you are a tenant and did not get a written agreement from your previous landlord you may be able to negotiate with the new owner to see if they will follow the same contract as before. Be sure to explain your reasoning in a precise, clear, and neutral way. You don’t want to become defensive or attack the new landlord. State the reasons why you and the previous landlord built the agreement and ask them if they would be willing to allow it to continue.
If your landlord agrees to honor the preceding arrangement, make sure you get it in writing and that you also get a copy for your own personal file. This will help things go smoother in the future if you ever get a new landlord.
On the other hand, if your new landlord chooses not to abide by the previous landlord’s agreement, take it with a grain of salt and weigh your options. Is the issue worth risking eviction? If not, consider ways you and the new landlord can compromise. If that doesn’t work, decide whether or not staying there is worth all the hassle.
Stephen K. Hachey, a Florida real estate attorney, can help your wade through this process and determine a positive solution. Contact him at 813-549-0096.