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As the automatic stay does not apply to the collection of rent, you absolutely can continue to collect the rent from your properties. In fact, the stay never applies to the Bankruptcy debtor (filer), only to those who have claims against the debtor - such as credit card companies and mortgage companies.
Here is the relevant Bankruptcy Code section:
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You are allowed to collect the rent for as long as you own the properties - until they are sold in a foreclosure sale.
Your Bankrutpcy has no bearing on whether or not you can collect the rent. You are allowed to collect the rent in spite of the Bankruptcy, and there is no point in the Bankruptcy process when you can no longer collect the rent.