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My home is in foreclosure proceedings no judgment has been made. My upstairs tenant is withholding rent. Is that legal?

Brooklyn, NY |

My upstairs tenant has been withholding her rent for 4 months now using the foreclosure as an excuse. My foreclosure attorney wrote her a letter demanding outstanding rent which she ignored. Now she is asking to see an escrow account? Explain please!

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Dear Brooklyn landlord:

The tenant's rental obligation does not cease because the landlord is engaged in a foreclosure. The landlord retains the right to collect rent as usual. While a tenant may have a defense when sued by the landlord, the defense would be only a defense allowed by law.

So unless you wake up and exercise your ordinary landlord entitlement to receive rent (hire an attorney familiar with the landlord right to sue in a nonpayment summary proceeding. )


Good luck.

The answer provided to you is in the nature of general information. The general proposition being that you should try to avoid a bad outcome if you can.


If you are the landlord, then you can sue to collect rent. Consult with a local landlord tenant lawyer to represent you.

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the foreclosure does not give tenant the rightto cease paying rent. I think you ought to have your attorney explain.

NOTE: (1) I may be guessing and/or not even licensed in your state; (2) We have not established an attorney-client relationship; (3) Sometimes you get what you pay for; and (4) If you want to send me a gift, my favorite color is orange.


An owner's mortgage foreclosure is not an excuse for a tenant to stop paying rent. Speak with your attorney regarding a lease review, and probably a summary eviction proceeding for non-payment of rent.

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