Tenant/buyers who default on a lease/option do not always go away quietly. Sometimes, they fight the eviction and go into court kicking and screaming, “I HAVE AN EQUITABLE INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY.” What they are arguing is that the lease/option is not a landlord/tenant relationship, but rather a seller/buyer relationship. If the Judge agrees, your lease/option is “re-characterized” as an installment land contract. This may require you to foreclose the tenant, not just evict him.
I’ve read to avoid this use separate agreements. Give your tenant a lease and a separate option agreement. Make certain the lease does not refer to the option.
I have not been able to find a pure Option Agreement that doesn’t convey which real property is the subject of that certain Residential Lease.
Anyone have some recommendations on this? I am not savey enough to attempt rewording a L/O agreement to a pure Option and how can the Option agreement be protected if the Lease Agreement (Tenant/Buyer) failes to meet the lease requirment. Simply put, if my tenant buyer drops the ball on their lease how do I make the Option Agreement null and void?