Great question. Outside of point blank asking the owner and trusting him or her, you may find some comfort in researching the particular property address in person, or possibly online, at your County Recorders Office. Here in San Diego, California after a period in time of a homeowner not paying their mortgage, a lender will typically record what they call a Notice of Default (NOD) at the San Diego County Recorders Office. A NOD is typically the first step in the foreclosure process (placing the mortagee on notice) and it progresses from there to a possible foreclosure sale should they continue to not pay for an extended period of time. Google tenant foreclosure laws (and your state or locale) and I think you may find a wealth of information should you like to know your rights, time frames and various possible scenarios in the event it happens even after you did your initial due dilligence.... more
Hi Georgia, renting a condo with a dog limits your options, but you should be able to find something depending on your price range. I would recommend contacting a Bonita rental agent and engage their services directly. They will be able to point you in the right direction. Good luck!