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Sadly, he can collect rent. I say this because the issue with the home and lender/ the mortgage not being paid, is between the estate and the soon to be administer and the bank and has nothing to do with you, as the tenant. If you reside there, you have a legal obligation to pay the rent. However, if this was a rent to won type of deal, you need to be concerned, since the home may end up being foreclosed on, if the mortgage is not paid up and taken out of default. Moreover, the lender could accelerate the loan and demand it be paid in full, once the owner has passed. You need to be very careful and try and find out what is happening, since if it is foreclosed on, your right to buy will be lost. Now, in a situation like this, you can try and work something out with the father. I say this because if you move, they would not be getting anything, so it is better if you stay and they get something, until this can be worked out and the home taken out of default and it will be known if it will be sold to you.
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