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1. How to find out if the owner of the house took care of the house being placed on the auction list
2. Are you under an obligation to pay continue to pay rent ?
3. How can you continue to stay in the house
1.& 2. When a house is put up for auction, it is the Sheriff's Office which puts the property up for sale and it would be placed on the Sheriff's "Auction List". Therefore, you would call the Sheriff's Office of your county, give the property address, and ask if the property is on the Sheriff's list to be sold. If you are told that the house is not on the list to be sold, then you would continue to pay rent to the landlord/owner as usual. If you are told that the house is on the list to be sold, then you should ask the Sheriff's Office about the rent because that office might have a special account already set up for receiving the rent from tenants where a house is to be sold.
3. If you have a lease, then even if the house is sold at auction, it will be sold "subject to the lease" which means that the sale will not affect your lease or your right to remain in the house until the expiration of the lease term. So, in other words, if the house were sold tomorrow at Sheriff's Sale, but you have a lease which does not terminate until March 31, 2016, then you have a right to remain in the property until March 31, 2016. If your lease has already expired and you are a "month to month" tenant, then you would try to negotiate a new lease with the new ow2ner. If the new owner does not want any tenants because he bought the house for his own use, then the law allows you to remain in the property for 90 days after the date of the sale.
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