A few things.... PLEASE STOP PAYING THE LANDLORD RENT! Clearly if and when any lawsuit occurs the judge is going to deem the owner at fault and why he was not paying his tax. Next you will have a lawsuit called an Unlawful Detainer filed by the new owner. One you are served with the lawsuit you generally have 5 days to answer the lawsuit. Time is of the essence... then since you are a tenant make sure it is noted and the judge knows. You are allotted a much longer period of time to evict the property.