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landlord/tenant advice on foreclosure

House I am renting gone into foreclosure and was sold at public auction on 2nd June. Old owner wants rent for June as they are saying they are still the legal owners until paper title is transferred. Is this the case?

Asked on June 10, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Technically you are still liable to the legal owner.  As a practical matter, they probably won't be able to evict you (in Flroida an eviction proceeding will take roughly the same time that it will take for title to transfer).  However, for example, even if title transfers today you would still owe them for 6/1 - 6/10; they could then take you to small claims for the amount that you would owe.

At this point, to save yourself a hassle, why don't you try and see if they will be willing to use your security deposit towards June's rent.  By July title should have passed and your landlord will have no other legal recourse against you.


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