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Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Local Government, Real Estate Investing | 3 comments | Print Print

Disclosing Foreclosure to Tenants

As of Jan. 1, property managers and landlords in California are required to disclose in writing to any prospective tenants if a notice of default has been recorded against the property. The law applies to rentals of single-family homes and apartment buildings of no more than four units.

The disclosure also includes a notice that if a new owner takes ownership of a property following foreclosure, the owner will not be able to evict the tenants for at least 90 days written eviction notices in many cases.

Supporters of the new bill say that that such a disclosure is critical for tenants in making an informed decision about where to live. Opponents, however, argued that such disclosures could worsen the financial conditions of the landlord and even hasten foreclosure.

For landlords who violate the disclosure requirement, tenants may be able to void any lease and recover one month’s rent or twice the actual damages — whichever is greater. Tenants may also be able to recover all prepaid rent from the landlord if the landlord violates the disclosure requirement, according to the new law.


  1. If your landlord property went into foreclosure and they told you, wouldn’t you leave as fast as you could which would further put the landlord in foreclosure?

    Also the 90 day evicition notice will just mean that the new owner can’t get rid of the current tennants, further making it more difficult to sell a property with tennants.

    Am I over thinking this?


  2. I’ve been surprised to see so many tenants stay….and keep paying the rent, even though they know the landlord is not paying.


  3. Most tenants are getting such a sweetheart deal that they don’t want to leave. 90% of the units I buy in foreclosure have tenants and most work the landlord over for steep discounts on rent



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