1) Verify that the letter you received from the County is really from the County and not someone trying to scam you. Go to the County directly and take your lease agreement with you.
2) Contact the Property Manager and show them the letter you received from the County.
Understand laws vary by state. You will need to get IN WRITING any changes to the terms of the lease agreement, this means who now owns the property is the who owns the lease, and who is administering the payments. You still own rent it's just a matter of who you pay it to.
This is a legal question.
I recommend that you contact an Attorney.
If you cannot afford an Attorney, I recommend that you contact the local legal aid society. The Attorneys for the legal aid society are very good and they do not charge any money.
I recommend that you contact the property management company and give them a copy of the letter that you received from The County. Get a written response from The Property Management Company and keep that written response in your records.
One matter that you need to keep in mind is that if you stop paying rent, the property management company can take legal action against you, even though The County notified you that The County now owns the property.
That is one of the reasons that you need to talk with an Attorney.
I am sorry to hear that this has happened to you. However the good news is that based on your statement, you are in a very strong position, but you really need an Attorney to help you with this.
Charles Butterfield MBA
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There is a possibility that the county could ask you for rent from the point they notified you that they were the owner. Paying money to the property management company could amount to throwing your money away and still needing to pay rent to the county. Also unfortunately you probably have lost your cleaning deposit. If your city or county has rent mediation set up, try and talk to someone to try and get your cleaning deposit back.
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