No to both questions. The new owner bought the house "as is" which means whatever damage is there, it's the new owner's responsibility. This is why sheriffs sales, auctions and foreclosures are typically bought by professional investors or contractors who pay in cash. These professionals know what to look for, they know a good deal when they see it and they don't sue or complain about damages. These professionals are either licensed contractors or they work with licensed contractors and can get renovations done wholesale and buy supplies wholesale. This is why they can re sell the home at a profit.
When amateurs buy homes at a sheriffs sale, that is when they get into trouble because they don't have experience.
As for any rent owed to the previous owner - that has to be dealt with the previous owner. The new owner cannot collect back rent, however, the old owner can file an eviction on the tenant.... more
For new construction, owner title insurance is not needed. Title insurance for you is to protect yourself from any previous owners who can claim ownership, but in a new construction, nobody lived in the building before you move in.... more
Since your Mom was on the lease, she was responsible for paying the rent even AFTER she left. This is NOT your fault. The huge question is do you have any proof that she was a tenant (do you have a copy of the lease?), do you have the contact information of the old landlord (the one who filed the eviction notice)?
The issue is since your Mom left you with HER responsibility, you need to go after your Mom and collect the money owed. Does she work? You need to go to court and file a wage garnishment. You will probably need a lawyer to do this but it's worth it. You can garnish her income and collect the money owed to your landlord. Once your Mom pays, the eviction will come off.
If your Mom collects government assistance, you can garnish vouchers and other government benefits.
If you don't know your Mom's Social Security number, your lawyer can hire somebody to find out. I feel for you because this is not your fault. Your Mom owes you money.... more