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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  • My home went to foreclosure. The amount owed was $368,000 ,the bank set the opening bid at $302,000, The home sold for $371,000. Should the excess funds be the difference between $371,000 and $368,000 or between $371,000 and $302,000. Thx
  • I was informed of trustee sale to take place 06/2008 on my home in Florence, AZ. My Husband and I decided it was best to vacate the home with our family before the sale. We filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in 2011 and included the home and HOA. We received a letter from an attorney, suing us for HOA dues, post bankruptcy. Wouldn't it already be considered foreclosed from the notified date of sale, even if it was postponed?
  • IF MY HOME WAS FORCLOSED ON. WITG LENDER STATING I WAS DEFAULTED ON PAYMNTS MY OAYMNTS WERE CURRENT. AND SITTING IN THE SUSPENSE ACCOUNT MONTHS OF BATH N FORTH CONTACTED BBB. CONTACTED3 ON UR SIDE ..HAVE EVRY PROOF OF DOCUMENT...THEERE WAS A MINOR INCOME REDUCTION. FOR FEW WEEKS BUT NOT ONCE MISSED OUR MORGAGE PAYMNTS.THEY KEPT SEMDING US THESE DEFAULT LETTER S 100'S OF DOLLAR SPENDINH FAXING PROOF MAILIG EXPRESS MAIL. ...SPEAKING WITH EVERY GAVECONFLICTED INFO. SO I SEND AMT THY TOLLD ME TO SND BY WU.NEVR DID I GET PAPAERS MY HOME WAS IN FORCLOSURE PROCESS OR SRVD ANTHNG & KEPT AL OUR STUF
  • I rented a property and signed the lease april 2012. I moved in june 2012, I recieved notice the property was going to be sold in auction in october, 2012. can i recover my deposit
  • I rent a house that is in foreclosure. the landlord does not know that i am aware . The house is being put up for auction in 60 days. Am I within my legal rights to withhold rent so I can find another place to live? Can he try to evict prior to the auction due to unpaid rent?
  • I bought a house back when the housing market boomed and at the time had a decent job that can pay for the mortgage. A year and a half later my contract ended for the job and now can't afford the mortgage. I am wondering if it's possible to do a short sale with a good amount of savings in the bank? I have 2 mortgages with 2 different lenders. I just don't want to deplete my lifetime savings before I do a short sale. I haven't missed a payment.
  • Last year we fell behind on our home payments. We tried to work with the lender for months, Instead they set a foreclosure date. We only owe $265,000 plus the arrears on our home which is now appraising at $422k. We were forced to file Ch. 13 in order to stop the foreclosure and save our equity. My spouse now has a high income job offer out of state. We want to rent out our home instead of selling & dismiss the BK but still owe over $18k in arrears. With our bad credit due to the BK, what are our options for getting a loan to pay the arrears? Our home will rent for $2800 and our payment is 2k.
  • My husband recently lost his job after working for the company for 10 years they let him go, we couldn’t afford the payment on the house with my pay so we contacted our mortgage they made partial payment plan for us for 12months so we don’t loose our home after some long time of searching for job my husband and used up all the credit cards so we couldn’t pay them all of so we filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy after that my husband found a job and we contacted our WF mortgage loan to start the payment process next thing i know ee got motion filed with the court to forclose our home what should
  • My home was in the middle of probate when they sold it so prior to bank sold it to company and because there wasn't somebody legally responsible for the loan hence I had to probate it before anybody at company would discuss it with me, and they granted me executorship a week after the sale. I then had a stroke and was in hospital, court papers scheduled in a few days to go to court. I want to keep my house of 17years what can I do? Please help fast. I am a widower of a vet and on disability as well.
  • In 2010 I was granted a bankruptcy, which included my home. However, the home wasn't foreclosed upon until 2011. Now, I want to purchase property. Does the date before I can get a loan count back to when the bankruptcy was granted or to the date of the foreclosure?

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