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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, a contract can be assigned to a non profit and they would step into the shoes of the original owner. So, yes, the obligation is still enforceable to the extent it would be enforceable by the original owner.
You can still assert any legal defenses you had against the original owner, but the new owner can enforce the contractual obligations they were assigned.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.
Thank you for following up with me.
You certainly have the right to demand the new owner prove the assignment. Typically, the original owner would send a letter notifying renters that the facility has been transferred and where to send future payments.
Additionally, you can demand an accounting to prove the amount being claimed.
The amount they say you owe.
What has that to do with you?
If you owed money to the prior owner then the current owner can enforce the past due amounts against you regardless of whether it is non profit or not.
You can enforce any written settlement agreements you had with the prior owner as well.