In Seattle, can I enjoy the "Right of first order" (ROR) to buy, when the property I am renting, is put up for sale?

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    Are you asking if this is in some kind of law in Seattle? I would assume it is just like any other real-estate dealing, you tender an offer and the seller accepts/rejects it. Are you asking if you need to be notified and given the option before the house is publicly available?
    – Ron Beyer
    Mar 11, 2019 at 17:24
  • Is ROR in your lease? Mar 11, 2019 at 17:28
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    As a side note: I haven't seen a mention of a "right of first order" anywhere, but I have seen "right of first offer" and "right of first refusal"...not sure if that terminology may help you at all, or if its merely pedantry...
    – sharur
    Mar 11, 2019 at 19:32
  • @RonBeyer Yes, curious whether I need to be notified before official sale.
    – bart
    Mar 12, 2019 at 18:03

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The closest you will get is the first-in-time ordinance passed by the city, but that was overturned in court. That law required accepting the first qualified applicant for a rental: it did not say anything about sales. If there is a specific provision to that effect in your lease agreement, that would be applicable, but there is no general legal mechanism that forces a seller to accept a particular offer.

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