Renters Rights in Foreclosure Survey
Have Your Rights Been Violated?
March 30, 2011
The Law Center needs your help!
The foreclosure crisis continues to affect millions of Americans, including families that rent their homes. In fact, 40% of households at risk of eviction due to foreclosure are renters. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009 (PTFA) provides important protections for renters after a foreclosure, but reports from around the country suggest that landlords, banks, and real estate agents are violating PTFA and state laws designed to allow renters to stay in their homes.
These surveys are also available in hard copy, by telephone, or by email. Please contact Policy Director Jeremy Rosen for more details.
In order to determine where and how these violations are occurring, the Law Center has partnered with dozens of local organizations around the country to gather information about the experiences of renters in the foreclosure crisis. We will use the data we collect to work with advocates, federal agencies, and Congress to enforce and improve the law.
The PTFA guarantees renters at least 90 days advanced notice following a foreclosure before a new owner (including a bank) can ask them to leave. Many renters have the right to remain until the end of their current leases, which can be much longer. Some states provide even more protections to their residents. If you think your rights as a tenant have been violated, contact the Law Center or your local legal aid office.