Foreclosure Article


Renting a Foreclosure

1.       Can I rent a property that is in foreclosure?

Yes, but the landlord must provide a written notice of the foreclosure with the rental agreement.

2.       What happens if while I am renting a house the property goes into foreclosure?

If you are renting house and the property goes into foreclosure the landlord must notify you. In fact they must provide you with written notice within 5 business days of the first notice of trustee sale.

3.       Is there a specific form that I need to use to notify a tenant?

Arizona Revised Statute 33-1331 provides a format for how a landlord should set up this information but it is not necessary to use this exact format.  The format is as follows:

This property is undergoing foreclosure. For more information on this action, you should contact ________________ (name, address and phone number of the court where the action is filed or trustee, attorney or other responsible party).

A sale at auction may or may not occur as a result of this foreclosure. Currently, the sale of this property has been set for _________ (time, date and place) or no date for sale of this property has been established.

4.       What happens if the owner fails to provide notice?

If a landlord fails to notify their tenant in writing within 5 business days the tenant may terminate the lease and recover their security deposit. It is also possible to obtain injunctive relief and money for any damages the tenant may have.

5.       As a tenant can I just leave the property if I am not notified properly?

No, a tenant must deliver written notice stating how the landlord breached the agreement and that the rental agreement will end on a specific date. The end date must be at least 10 days after the letter is delivered.

6.       Does this apply to apartment complexes?

No, these laws do not apply to apartment complexes or other multifamily residential complexes that have more than four units.

 

Updated: February 24, 2017


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  • Bankruptcy was done 6/2010.My mortgage was included and at same time GMAC mortgage was going thru bankruptcy and Ocwen took over my payments which I continued to make. I was not aware that I was to reassume my loan nor advised by Ocwen or lawyer on this. Ocwen took payments and stopped reporting to credit bureau's.Tried Harp but was unable due to no show of a morgage.Struggling to pay 1400mo now.If let go can they report it with lack of show of mortgage.Can they be forced to report back paymt's.what options do I have before I'm forced out of home.Reach me at [email protected]
  • I AM CURRENTLY RENTING A HOME THAT WAS IN FORCLOSURE BEFORE I MOVED IN AND KNEW NOTHING ABOUT. I SIGNED A 18 MONTH LEASE AND AFTER JUST TWO MONTHS, I HAVE TO MOVE OUT. IS THERE SOME LEGAL RIGHTS THAT I HAVE TO RECOUPE SOME OF MY MOVING EXPENSES AND DEPOSIT?
  • I filed Chapter13 approx 2years ago. We chose to surrender our home and the Trustee sent a letter to the mortgage company, lifting the stay so they could proceed with foreclosure. The mortgage company sold the mortgage to another company, that company sold it to another. The new mortgage company says we are still the owners. Where do we stand legally and how long can this go on?
  • We're renting a home and have 9 months left in our 12 month lease. We just found out the property foreclosed and the home sold. We've been offered money to leave in 30 days. We are protected under the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act, and can stay for the duration of our lease. We are willing to leave in 60-90 days, to give us time to find another rental. If the PTFA expires on 12/31/14 are we still protected on 1/1/15? Can they give us more time but then come back on Jan. 1st and evict us? Are we protected past the expiration of the act because we signed our lease before the foreclosure?
  • I have lived here for 12 years. My name on warranty deed and signed into a trust. New company is servicing my account and will not recognize me as the owner. Foreclosure sale is Jan 14th. Have tried for several months to communicate but they will not. My name is not on the loan. Can you help me. I have a buyer for the property. They will not talk to me about it.
  • I own 2 properties, if I let one go into foreclosure and reside in the other property can the bank readjust my mortgage that is not in foreclosure?
  • the house i live in is being forclosed on, i am the rentee. can i stay in the house for the term of the lease
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  • We had a home that was foreclosed on in 2008. We had a first mortgage and a second HELC, both by the same bank. They foreclosed via trustee sale, not judicial foreclosure. Can they come after us for the total amount of the HELC?
  • The house I am renting is about to go into foreclosure. My landlord wants to remove the storage shed, window wrought iron around the home as well as the sun lights. Is this legal? What are my rights?

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