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Cgee, Other/Just Looking in Inglewood, CA

are tenants still required to pay rent to the landlord in a preforclosure? what if tenants doesn't?

Asked by Cgee, Inglewood, CA Wed Apr 22, 2009

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Annie Nguyen’s answer
Hi Cgee,

I agree with Keith. Since you signed the lease contract with the landlord you are bound to all the terms and conditions while you are taking possession of the property. Even the landlord is in distress he still has the power over you to evict you as his tenant. We are looking at two situations here. The tenant's situation will be in default with the landlord. And by law he has the right to take legal actions against you for the unpaid rents. The landlord 's situation is in default with the lender is actually his own problem, he has to deal with it. The tenant can't take advantage of his distressed situation and get by without paying the rents. Until the bank took over and the tenant will be evicted sooner or later, the landlord still have full control of his property. and he still can go after the tenant for unpaid rents. The tenant's credit will be damaged if the landlord filing for lawsuit. I think it is best not to do it. After all, what is good for the tenant when he tries to take advantage of someone's disadvantage. And I am sure the judge will laugh his way out to the tenant's face when he reviews the lease contract and you know what will happen next. There is no free ride ticket anywhere. Believe me. What comes around will come around.
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If you have a lease, that is a contract, and it is enforceable. If you do not pay your rent the landlord can create a judgement against you for the amount of the rent. The landlord has a contract with the lender being the mortgage and he is will most likely loose the property and could have a judgement against him/her.

So both the tenant and landlord have issues. The likely hood for the landlord to start the eviction is most likley limited but the potential is there. Also california has a little differnt twist to tenants and their ability to stay in the house during and after a foreclosure. You should talk to someone in your area that understand tenant landlord laws or maybe there is a book that explains the tenant /landlord rules like we have in milwuakee.

Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 23, 2009
He can not take you to court. The judge would laugh him out the court room, so I guess you have a few months of free rent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 23, 2009
Well there isn't much the landlord can do if tenant does not pay rent. There is a law that requires a landlord to use the money it receives from the tenant for the mortgage if the property is in foreclosure. So if the owner is in foreclosure then obviously he/she is not using the money for that reason.

Dyanna
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