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While the foreclosure unfortunately does terminate your lease, Florida law provides that the new owner must give you 30 days written notice before they can require you to vacate the premises. Fl. Stat., Section 83.561. This law was passed last year, and became effective on July 1, 2015. The statute outlines the form of the notice they have to give, which should also tell you where to pay rent for those 30 days. Note that this statute doesn't apply if you're paying significantly less than fair market value. If the new owner tries to force you out by changing the locks, shutting off utilities, removing doors, or any other means OTHER than giving you 30 days notice (and going to court, if necessary), you can sue for three times the rent plus your attorney's fees for an illegal eviction. Fl. Stat., Section 83.67.
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