(To keep everything straight and hopefully stops some confusion - even I'm beginning to feel that way trying to keep it all straight - I will be referring to all involved owners as follows:
Ms. S : original owner that we signed lease with
Ms. L : bought property from Ms. S and extended our lease
Mr. J : current new owner)
Unfortunately, no we haven't been able to find anything on it. We were (we thought) on pretty friendly terms with the previous owner. In the past, she had always let us know if she was thinking about selling, and/or if someone may be coming by to look at the property. We had reminded her several times to get the lease drawn up to show that it had been extended, and as you know from previous posts, that did not happen. We weren't worried about it, as the last time we had discussed the matter, she had told us that she wouldn't be selling until after the lease was up, or at least close to the time it was to come due.
That is why this has come as such a shock and we are having to dig for all the paperwork that we may have had. Realize that most of it hasn't been touched in two or more years.
I know that we once had a copy of the letter to extend, I don't know what happened to the hard copy, and our computer crashed a few months back and we lost all saved documents. The previous owner, Ms. L, had the original.
As for a signed copy of the lease, we do have one, it's just trying to remember where we put it. As for the original of that, Ms. S had that when she sold it to Ms. L. Tomorrow I am going to go through all of our filing cabinets, etc to try and find it. I think that may help.
Even though the last time we talked to Mr. J things sounded like they would be fine, I know better. It's been our luck for awhile now that if it can go wrong, it will, and especially with us.