Crafting a tenant buyout

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Q: We rented out our family home when my husband was transferred to a branch office in another state. We thought the transfer would last two years, but after a year, he was told to return to his original office. Trouble is, we leased our home for two years, and our renters are refusing to move out. Is there anything we can do about this? --Ronny and Debra D.

A: I sympathize with your predicament. Facing the prospect of renting in your own town while renters occupy your home must sting. But unless you can convince them to vacate, there's nothing you can do about it. Just as you would expect the renters to honor the length of the lease, so must you abide by it (absent, of course, any misbehavior or failure to pay rent that would justify terminating the tenancy).

That said, you might want to think about ways to entice your renters to leave. First, try to figure out why they are refusing to move. Certainly the "hassle factor" must ...