2. You can visit the County Recorder's office and ask a clerk to help you determine if a Notice of Default has been recorded against the owner.
3. If the property is in Alameda County, you can visit thefollowing link and perform a search on the owner's name to see if a NoD has been filed against the owner: http://rechart1.acgov.org/search.asp?cabinet=opr
Be aware that the loan may not be in the owner's name. It may be in a business name, the name of a trust that may make it almost impossible to check. Your best bet is to discuss your concern with your new landlord.