Depending on where the buiding is in the foreclosure process, bankruptcy, etc. there is possibly already a company managing the property. This company is responsible for collecting rents, renting units, repairs, and also evicting tenants who are not paying.
The last thing you need is an eviction on your credit history while searching for a new apartment.
Communicate with the manager and find out what your options are in relation to the situation. Not wise to guess about the balance of the details.
This has been tested in small claims court many times and the tenant loses the case and has to make restitution to the property owner.
Have someone (Realtor, Title Co. Rep.) keep a close eye on the county recording office to see when the bank takes possession. Most banks that reposes a property that is tenant occupied will pay the tenant money to vacate the property. Price may very per bank. You will be asked to show proof of Lease agreement.
if you stood before a judge, you would be discussing your contractual obligation, not that of the property owner. Honor your lease agreement and keep yourself clean on your performance. If you have any questions on your tenancy, I would suggest you contact an attorney.
You know... all the answers you have before are correct. You should honor your obligations. However, it does beg the question why the management company "won't answer the phone" because "they sold the apartments"...? I don't understand what you mean by this.
Are you saying you think they have been sold the property to someone else...? Tell us more... I'm just curious as to the real nature of your circumstances.
I hope this helps...
Make it a great day...
What you dont want to find yourself in the position of is (1) being evicted and it going on your credit and (2) being held responsible for rent owed on the amount of days you occupied the property.
I agree with everyone else, pay your obligation as essentially two wrongs do not make a right and the owner could be in the process of modication etc and you would become the bad guy and could end up paying for it
If you don't pay your rent -- then they have the right to evict you.
The management company simply manages the property and that includes collecting rents. They may have had nothing to do with seling the property if they don't own it.