Hello, I'm renting an apartment. I've just received a letter from a lawyer that says "DEMAND FOR RENTS PURSUANT...". It says that a judge has ordered that I have to pay the rent to his client and that I have to give them a copy of my lease. What's going on? What's going to happen to my security deposits? How do I have to act?
Thanks very much for the advise,
Hard to say on the facts provided. If there had been a court order, you likely had a judgment issued against you. You would have received notice from the court for any hearings--did you ignore any such notice?
Are you late on your rent? If you have not paid rent during the foreclosure process--you can be evicted. A tenant who fails to pay rent can be evicted, but this is done using court processes including a summons, hearings, the opportunity to present your side of the story, etc.
Not sure why they want a copy of your lease agreement. Since its hard to pin down exactly what has happened and when it occurred, its near impossible to tell you what will happen to your security deposit.
I would sit down with a Miami landlord tenant attorney before responding to the attorney's letter, paying any money, or providing a copy of your lease. You can use Google, or the Avvo lawyer search option, or call the Miami-Dade Bar Association and requesting a referral to an attorney in your area who can meet with you. If you can't afford one, use Google to locate a legal aid organization in your area (there are many)--most have a housing section and can provide a volunteer attorney to assist you.
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More information is needed. Various notices can start with the language you provided. If a lender foreclosed on the apartment community the lender may get an order from the court for rent to be paid to them. If a condo, the condo association could be demanding rent for unpaid condo dues. The apartment complex could be in bankruptcy . . .
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I would continue paying rent to the current owner unless and until I had a copy of the order from the judge ordering you to do otherwise. I agree that you should get a consultation with an attorney and have them review. Sometimes banks / mortgage companies bully the parties involved and lie. One bank actually drilled the locks and took possession of the house before the sale.