The house I am renting is in foreclosure according to a letter I received from the bank. We have to move and I do not have the money for a deposit and all for a truck ect to move. (It cost a lot to move) My question is do I get my deposit back and who do I do a walk thru with?The person who I signed a lease with says she no longer has anything to do with the property and she does not have my deposit. I did a lot of work on the place it is in better shape than when I moved in. The lease stated that water sewer and garbage were included with the rent, however the water has been shut off and the owner(who I signed with) is still getting rent from me. Is all this legal?
Family Law Attorney
Immediately stop paying rent to the former owner - it is money down the drain.
If you have a valid lease, the bank must honor it. Otherwise, the bank must give you a 90-day notice. Contact the bank to determine whether they have a "cash for keys" program. Some banks will create an agreement to continue your tenancy - look into it.
The new owner (even if it is a bank) must maintain your utility service. Civil Code Section 1950.5(l) requires the landlord to either transfer the remainder of the security deposit to the new owner or return the remainder of the deposit to the tenant.
Consider contacting a legal aid organization such as CRLA (they provide free landlord/tenant advice and advocacy if you are income-qualified). http://www.crla.org/
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Ms. Farley provides an excellent response. The only additional information I can add is that you may have a cause of action against your prior landlord. Consult an attorney and do not hesitate to take your landlord to small claims if necessary.
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