This is a question exploring a solution to this situation Curious case of real-estate transaction with predatory tenants
A seller has entered an agreement with a buyer in the jurisdiction of Nova Scotia to provide the buyer with vacant premises on closing. The problem for the seller is that they have predatory tenants that know the law, and who are by law allowed to stay past the closing date.
The tenants are asking the seller for money in return for moving out before closing. The problem for the seller is that the tenants keep breaking agreements.
Could the seller and the tenants sign an affidavit affirmed in front of a justice of the peace, stating the following:
- The tenants recognize their legal right to stay on premises indefinitely.
- The tenants confirm that they themselves, without being prompted by the seller, have proposed to wave the legal rights stated above (1) if the seller pays $1000 to the tenants.
- The payment schedule shall consist of 2 deposits, one half before the closing date, and one half after the tenants have permanently vacated the premises.
- The tenants recognize that by signing this agreement, the tenants relinquish any and all rights to remain on the property after the [closing date]. The tenants agree that their presence on the premises after the [closing date] shall be considered illegal and that it shall be considered an act of trespassing.
If the tenants have signed this affidavit and are still there past the agreed upon date, can the sheriff arrest/evict them? Or will it still have to go to the tenant board?