Selling a Tenant Occupied Property

Selling a tenant-occupied property can be a challenging task, as it involves navigating a complex set of considerations to ensure that the sale goes smoothly for everyone involved. Whether you’re a first-time seller or an experienced real estate professional, there are a few key points to keep in mind when selling a tenant-occupied property. 

Look at Who Is Your Target Buyer

When selling a tenant-occupied property, it’s important to consider who your target buyer is. This will help you to tailor your marketing efforts and ensure that you’re attracting the right kind of buyers. For example, if your property is located in an area with high demand for rental properties, you may want to target investors.

What If Your Target Buyer Is An Owner-Occupant?

However, if your target buyer is an owner-occupant, you’ll need to take extra care to ensure that the tenants are comfortable with the sale process. In some cases, tenants may be resistant to the idea of having to vacate the property or deal with the disruptions that come with showings and inspections. Be sure to communicate with your tenants and address any concerns they may have.

Tenants Considerations

It’s important to remember that your tenants have rights, and you’ll need to work with them to ensure that the sale process is as smooth as possible. This includes providing them with notice of showings and inspections and ensuring that they’re not unduly inconvenienced by the sale process.


In some cases, there may be restrictions on your ability to sell a tenant-occupied property. For example, some cities have specific requirements for the sale of rental properties, such as the need to provide relocation assistance to tenants. Be sure to research any applicable laws and regulations before you begin the sale process.


One of the most important factors to consider when selling a tenant-occupied property is communication. Be sure to keep your tenants informed throughout the process, and be responsive to any concerns or questions they may have. This will help to ensure that the sale goes smoothly and that your tenants are comfortable with the process.

Selling a tenant-occupied property can be a complex process, but with the right approach, it can be done successfully. By considering your target buyer, taking the time to communicate with your tenants, and being aware of any restrictions or regulations, you can ensure that the sale goes smoothly for everyone involved. Remember to be patient, understanding, and communicative throughout the process, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful sale. To learn more, give us a call at 562.896.2456 or fill out the form below.

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster