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I entered into a lease agreement with potential renters beginning

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I entered into a lease agreement with potential renters beginning in December 2014. They have not occupied the home. Now I have been offered an amount to purchase the house at a price I want to accept. I have notified the potential renters and returned their deposit money. He is starting to talk about suing me. The rental agreement does state that I was allowed to show the premises to buyers or possible future renters.
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I am sorry for your situation. Can you please clarify:
1) Was the lease supposed to begin Dec 2014? Or earlier (when)?
2) Have they accepted the deposit money, or not?
3) Does the lease agreement allow the landlord (you) to break the lease if a sale offer comes along?
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The least was supposed to begin on Dec. 1, 2014. I do not know if they have accepted the return of the deposit money. It was just mailed today in the form of a cashiers check. The lease agreement does not specify what will happen if a sale offer comes. It only specifies that I have the right to show the place for sale. Indications are that they are preparing to rent another place but the threat of a suit is still hanging there.

Thank you.
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If the lease has already been signed, then both parties are under contract. You could not break the agreement any more than they could. This is true even if the property is to be sold (if so, the new owner would simply be the landlord and the tenants would have the tenancy with him). Of course, the buyer would have to be notified of this prior to sale.
You did indeed breach the contract here, I am afraid. They have the right to enforce this contract, which means they can potentially sue for breach of lease and get the difference between this contract and what it would cost to find a comparable property close by.
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