Previous landlord let house go to sheriff's sale while I was living there with no notice to me. Luckily, I found a new place quick but because I had to move so fast, some of my belongings were still at the previous address. I went there after the property went up for sale, and the landlord has taken my belongings and changed the locks.
A house going to sheriff's sale does not happen on short notice. With respect, you had ample time to vacate the premises and remove all of your belongings. Moreover, when you moved, did you notify the prior owner or new owner that you still had property in the premises?
If not, the owner may argue that the property was abandoned and disposed of in order to get the property ready for a new rental and/or sale.
You should contact your own attorney before deciding on a course of action.
An attorney would need more facts to answer this question. Most landlord tenant lawyers will give you a free consult to review this with you.
If you had a lease with the prior owner, you need to consult with a lawyer well versed in PA Landlord Tenant law.
Leslie A. Margolies, Esq. is an attorney and Director of The Real Estate Law Group which provides affordable legal representation (sliding scale) for people with property problems in all the counties including Philadelphia and surrounding areas. She is also a credit repair specialist and has many years of experience as a civil litigator including workers' compensation and social security disability cases. Please note that responses to questions on this website are for general purposes only. Such responses may not be considered legal advice and do not establish an attorney-client relationship.
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