This has become an all to common problem. Yes, you do need to seek legal counsel on this one. There are some creative strategies I have heard to handling situations like this.
I am also in Livonia, so if you need any assistance with another lease or a purchase, please do contact me. We now offer Tenant coverage through our title company which gets filed as a lien ... unique and necesary in today's climate!
Best of luck to you if I don't hear from you...
Derek Bauer, Associate Broker / Real Estate One
There should also be an orange sticker that was placed on the door with a contact number. I suggest calling and letting them know you have a lease and the home is occupied.
There is a 180 day redemption period for most properties after the sheriff auction. I suggest making sure whoever purchases the home is informed by certified mail you have a lease. Your lawyer would be able to do this.
You can search for leases available in Livonia and surrounding cities on this website. http://moveinmichigan.com simply enter the 1 or 2 (thousand) as the upper price limit.