Renters and foreclosure

Renters in Foreclosure Toolkit developed by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)

On May 20, 2009, the President signed into a law a bill containing provisions protecting tenants living in foreclosed buildings. (The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act is Title VII of Public Law 111-22).

These provisions immediately went into effect and are "self-executing," so no federal agency (such as HUD) is responsible for making them work.

It is up to housing advocates as well as tenants, to make sure that tenants, landlords, public housing authorities, courts, the legal community, and others involved in the foreclosure process are aware of these new rights for tenants.

The following are some documents that can assist and inform renters facing eviction, under the new law:

NLIHC's one-page explanation of the new tenant protection provisions

Questions and answers for tenants of buildings at foreclosure After May 20, 2009

NHLP cover memo, tenant protections

Sample Notice for all Tenants

Letter from a Section 8 tenant to landlord

Letter from a Non-Section 8 tenant to landlord