TENANTS RIGHTS IN FORECLOSURES:

TENANTS OF PROPERTIES IN FORECLOSURE DO NOT HAVE TO MOVE, BY LAW!

If you are a tenant in a rental property, be it single-family home or a large
apartment building, you do not have to move simply because the owner of your
property is in foreclosure, even if the bank has taken possession of your rental
building or house! According to the law, as a D.C. tenant, you have tenants’
rights and you do not have to move – despite threatening letters from the bank or
any new owner. Click below for the letter and government form to use, from the
D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate (OTA), that protects you, by explaining the law
clearly to you and your new owners, be they a bank, corporation or private
individual.

Rest assured, even if the bank threatens eviction (one tenant received notice from
the bank that the police would come and evict them). It appears banks and others
have been issuing false claims, or are completely ignorant of D.C. rental housing
laws -- which stipulate that a renter has the right to rent indefinitely, despite
change of ownership, and even more, that evictions can be done legally only by the
U.S. Marshalls and the U.S. Marshalls alone – after issuance of a valid court
order following a lengthy legal process. Thus, you retain your rights to remain
as a tenant although your property is in foreclosure, even if the bank has taken
possession of the property and is administering it.

For Explanatory Letter and Form the Office of Tenant Advocate (OTA) informing the
bank of your rights to continue your tenancy, see the attachment below:
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