If no one buys the home at the auction, it will go back to the bank. In this case, as a Tenant, you will have 90 days to move, but will most likely be offered a "Cash for Keys " settlement to move out sooner. This can be a substantial amount of money to help facilitate your move. A real estate agent, representing the bank (new owner) will contact you. It is in your best interest to talk to the agent as they will be negotiating the Cash for Keys for you. .
If the home is purchased at the auction, you still have some rights as a tenant, but will most likely not be offered a cash incentive to move out.
Once the sale takes place, your landlord no longer owns the property. Do not continue paying the rent. (ask a real estate agent to look this up for you to be sure)
Start packing, but don't panic. You have some time.
Best of luck to you ~ Allison
PS; if you send me the address to NoDumbQuestion@gmail.com I'll look up the sale date for you.
Since your question is from 2011, how did things work out for you and what did you find as the best way to get notified of the transfer of ownership?
Here is some good information for you to find out: http://arcc.co.san-diego.ca.us/services/property_records.aspx
If you have a Lease, you are safe and secure until the lease runs out.
According to the Tenant's Rights Bill that President Obama pushed thru; the new owners, whether it is the Bank, or a New Owner, you have the right to stay until your lease expires.
If you are renting, you should be visited by an Agent for the Bank, after the Foreclosure, who will offer you Cash-for-Keys and 30 days to move.
You will not be visited by a Sheriff. Your will be given 3 days to move. You will not be evicted.
You might want to research this on Google.
Good luck and may God bless