If my landlord has had his house and property taken by the government or IRS for non-payment of taxes, since the house isn’t his do I still pay him rent?

We always pay cash and I don’t think this is an actual “legal residence”.

Asked on January 24, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts


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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If your landlord is no longer on title to the unit you are renting then under the laws of all states in this country you do not have to pay that person rent. Rather the new owner of the property is entitled to your rental payments. If the unit rented is not a legal unit, then perhaps you do not have to pay rent for it. To be sure, I would consult with a landlord tenant attorney in your community.

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