While your landlord is a legal owner of the real property, he or she is entitled to collect rent. The fact that he was not paying mortgage payment to the bank does not affect your obligations under the lease. What you need to do is to make sure that the bank does not violate your rights after the foreclosure. You will have some options regarding your tenancy at this property. Make sure the bank advises you of your rights so you will be able to make a decision in the best interest of yourself and your family.
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The lender or whoever buys the property at auction is required to honor your lease under the law. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, Pub. L. No. 111-22, §§ 701-704 (2009), which became law on May 20, 2009, applies to state eviction proceedings.
This act requires that a new owner who took title to residential rental property through foreclosure must honor existing leases until the end of the lease term.
There are three exceptions to this rule: 1) if there is an existing term lease and the new owner wants to occupy the foreclosed property as a personal residence before the end of the lease term, 2) if there is an existing term lease with less than 90 days to the end of the lease term, or 3) if the existing lease on the foreclosed property is a month-to-month tenancy or a tenancy at will. In each of these cases, the owner must provide the tenant at least 90 days notice to terminate the tenancy.
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No, it's not against the law. The property owner remains the property owner and entitled to all the privileges of ownership, including the right to rent the property out, unless and until their loan is foreclosed on. They also had the right to reinstate the loan during their loan's default.
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