What can I do if I'm getting a eviction notice in my old landlords name after a foreclosure?
2 attorney answers
You definitely need to consult with an attorney. Under Maryland law, if you are a bona fide tenant (meaning you are not a parent, child or spouse of the borrower/owner) and you are paying rent that is not substantially less than fair market value for the property, you may have a right to remain in the property for a period of time (unless the purchaser intends to use the property for his/her primary residence). You should have received a 90 day notice to vacate from the purchaser which would have asked you to provide your lease and proof of rent paid.
You should seek the advice of competent legal counsel who is licensed in Maryland. The words "lost her home to foreclosure" may have different meanings between an attorney and a person not skilled in law. If there was a sale that resulted in ratification with title passing through a deed then the old landlord cannot evict you since she lacks the ability to do so. The new owner cannot ride the coattails of the old owner.
Federal law protects bona fide tenants from being evicted for a certain time period. Bona fide tenants are those with a written lease.
The bottom line is that, unless you strike a rental agreement with the new owner then you will eventually have to move, so start preparing.
Best of luck, Jerry Solomon
By answering this question I am not becoming your attorney, nor am I tendering legal advice. Foreclosure cases are complex and require a full review of the facts before any attorney can answer legal questions specific to the case.