How To Verify the Home You Rent is Being Foreclosed

avatarthumbnail.jpgWhat can a tenant do when their owner is in foreclosure?

Keeping in mind that I’m not an attorney and for full legal advice, you ought to consult an attorney, the answer is “move.” Your landlord hasn’t paid their mortgage and banks don’t work as landlords.

It’s a scenario that has played out hundreds of times across the Phoenix real estate market over the past several months as more and more homes fall into foreclosures – many owned by investors who either can’t or won’t continue to pay money on a losing call.

How do you know if the home you’re renting is going to be sold on the courthouse steps?

  • Check the county recorder’s site and the “Recorded Documents Search.” Search under “N/TR Sale” which stands for Notice of Trustee’s Sale. It’s clunky but it works.
  • Watch for the official notice being posted. The county’s required to post a formal notice on your front door (or rather close to it). This is one reason many tenants find out about the sale before their landlord does.
  • Keep an eye on websites that list foreclosures, though do so with a wary eye as the information’s not always complete or accurate.

One thing to remember is the lease you signed is a contract between you and the owner. If the owner isn’t the owner, your lease most likely will no longer be valid. If you found the home through a property management company, contact the property managers as they often can help you find a new home.

And hopefully those owners will be in better position than your current owner.

[tags]Phoenix real estate, foreclosures[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • Missy Caulk 10 years ago

    Good advice, you never know, we always tell our renters to be aware, we don’t know the seller. Now I will send them to the site, but in my area, it takes a while for the new owner the bank to record the deed.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    In this case, it’s not the new deed you’re looking for but the notice of trustee’s sale. We don’t have actual foreclosure out here (which is a rather long story) but this how it’s handled locally. May be quite different up in your neck of the woods.

  • Jamie Geiger 10 years ago

    This is one of the first things I tell people looking to rent-make sure the landlord is solid- I first look at the tax records, as if they bought in 2005-06- this is a red flag. Great Post and good advice.

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