Does TOPA Apply If The Tenants Leave Before Settlement?

In this video Deirdre P Brown answers the question of whether TOPA applies if the tenants leave before settlement.


This is Deirdre Brown your settlement agent serving DC, Maryland and Virginia. Today I'm going to answer a realtor question regarding  TOPA in Washington DC.

A selling agent called me and said that a listing agent had told him that because the tenants were moving out before settlement  TOPA did not apply.  He wanted to know if this was a true statement. No it is not a true statement. TOPA still applies. Just because a tenant moves out and it does not automatically extinguish their TOPA rights.  I told him to go back to the listing agent and make sure that TOPA was executed properly and that proof was provided to the title company.

If you have more TOPA related questions whether you are on the listing side or the selling side please reach out to me. I can guide you through the process.

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