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As a new tentant do I have the right to know the condo I am renting is going into foreclosure?

Chicago, IL |
Filed under: Landlord-tenant

One week after I signed a 1 year lease on a condo I am renting, the old tenants stopped by to grab some mail and notified us that the unit was going into foreclosure. We had not previously been notified of that or else we would not have signed the lease. I feel deceived. Did we have the right to know prior to the lease? According to the landlord (after I approached her about the foreclosure) She said the unit is not in foreclosure yet, it is pending but it is going to go into foreclosure or they are looking to do a short sell on it.Does this mean we can be evicted anytime? Is there someone we should contact to get more information about the foreclosure?

Attorney Answers 2


  1. This is a grey area. The owner has the right to lease the premises until the property goes to sale. The property will not go to sale until the later of six months after the owner is served with summons or three months after a judgment is entered. If a case is filed, that information is a public record and is available on the internet.

    If the property is located in Cook County, this process could take over a year.

    You should record the lease against the property. That way a short buyer would take subject to your lease.


  2. The Answer on file for this question is well thought out and correct. I would add that Chicago has an ordinance that requires that a landlord in foreclosure must notify a tenant that they are in foreclosure proceedings and there are penalties for failure to notify.

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