Due to privacy concerns contained in Government Code Section 6254.21, ownership information is not available on-line. It may be obtained by calling (916) 875-0700, or by visiting the Assessor's Office at 3701 Power Inn Road, Suite 3000, in Sacramento.
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When renting, I always recommend veryfying ownership and no foreclosure trouble via the tax record.
Hope that helps,
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You would be wise to verify the identity of the person collecting the rent money. I am a landlord, I do not mind it at all, if my new tenants want to see my photo ID, copy of my ownership papers, etc. In fact I would be impressed if a tenant asked for this as it would show that they are conscientious about protecting themselves, they will probably be conscientious about caring for my property that I am about to entrust to them.
You can get not only the name but any recordings for foreclosure or other records relative to the ownership. If the person asking for payments is not the name of the owner, ask them for written documentation of their authority to collect rents. And yes, you can see if the home is listed for sale by asking a realtor, or checking online.
I've had listings where, overnight, someone changed the lock on the door of a vacant home. Of course they would expect it to be corrected soon, but during the lapse, they could get some unforeseeing tenant prospect to hand them a rental deposit and first month's rent, only to learn that they had no rights to the property in the first place. And the 'landlord' is long gone with the tenant prospect's money.
I applaud you for checking!