Tenants Facing Foreclosure Protected by New Federal Law

Most Tenants Facing Foreclosure Now Have Some Protection, at Least for 90 Days On May 24, 2018 a permanent extension of the “Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act” (PTFA) was signed into federal law.  The PTFA enables renters whose homes were in foreclosure to remain in their homes for at least 90 days or for the term of their lease, whichever is greater. The PTFA, enacted in 2009 and originally expired at the end of 2014, was the only federal protection for renters living in foreclosed properties. During the financial crisis, bad faith and fraudulent lending, coupled with falling home prices and high unemployment, resulted in an astronomical high number of foreclosures in the U.S. Renters lose their homes when the owner of the home they are renting goes into foreclosure. The impact of these foreclosures was not limited to homeowners, however; renters lose their homes every day when the owner of the home they are renting goes into foreclosure. …

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