Who do I pay rent to if my rental went into foreclosure?

The house I am living in went up for a sheriff’s sale on this week. The landlord called to tell me the house went back to the bank. She then said that I should pay her this month’s rent. Why would I pay her rent if the house went back to the bank? Who gets the rent – the landlord or the bank?

Asked on June 7, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Once the title to a house passes out of the original owner's name, they no longer have a legal interest in the property. Accordingly, they no longer have the right to collect rent from any tenants living on it. The bank will tell you who to pay your rent to. In the meantime until you are so notified, do not spend this money. Whether or not a foreclosure sale has taken place, you still owe the rent.

Note: If you paid a security deposit you will have to get that back from your former landlord. The bank is not reponsible for it.


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