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Din chazakah / din kedimah

Question:

We are a group of about 15 people, we have been renting in the summer bungalows for the last 3 years from someone… with no previous notice we found out that he took a deposit from someone else to sell the bungalows we have been renting the last few years, so the question is, do we have here a taneh chazakah / din kedimeh if we offer the same amount of money…

Answer:

Based solely on what you are saying, and without knowing what the seller has to say, it would appear that you  do have a claim to be a Bar Metzra since you are the one who rented the bungalow for hat last number of years.

Sources:

CH:M 175- 59, 60 Bais Yosef ibid.30 ( 62-2) in the new Tur.

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