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Protections for Tenants in Foreclosed Properties. California Foreclosure Forum Presentation Kent Qian - National Housing Law Project March 11, 2011. Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009 (PTFA). Public Law 111-22, Sections 701-704 Enacted on May 20, 2009 Amended on July 21, 2010

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Protections for tenants in foreclosed properties

Protections for Tenants in Foreclosed Properties

California Foreclosure Forum Presentation

Kent Qian - National Housing Law Project

March 11, 2011


Protecting tenants at foreclosure act of 2009 ptfa

Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009 (PTFA)

Public Law 111-22, Sections 701-704

Enacted on May 20, 2009

Amended on July 21, 2010

Section 702 protects bona fide tenants

Section 703 gives additional protections to Section 8 voucher holders

Sunsets on Dec. 31, 2014

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Section 702 coverage

Section 702 - Coverage

  • Protects all bona fide tenants in any dwelling or residential real property

  • A lease or tenancy is bona fide only if:

    • Tenant is not the mortgagor or the mortgagor’s child, spouse, or parent; and

    • Lease was the result of an arms length transaction; and

    • Rent is not substantially less than fair market rent (unless the reduction is due to governmental subsidy)


Section 702 general provisions

Section 702 – General Provisions

All bona fide tenants

Must be given at least 90 days’ notice

Bona fide tenants with more than 90 days remaining on lease

Entitled to stay until the end of the lease, if lease entered into before “notice of foreclosure”

EXCEPTION: lease may be terminated with a 90-day notice if purchaser will occupy unit as primary residence or if lease terminable at will under state law

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Section 702 notice of foreclosure

Section 702 -“Notice of Foreclosure”

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  • For a tenant to remain until the end of the lease, the lease must be entered into before the “notice of foreclosure”

  • Date of notice of foreclosure - the date title is transferred through foreclosure (Dodd-Frank Amendment)


Section 702 rights of bona fide tenants

Section 702 -Rights of Bona Fide Tenants

After a foreclosure, the new owner takes the property subject to the rights of any bona fide tenants, including:

Return of security deposit

Habitability

Utilities

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Section 703 section 8 tenants

Section 703 - Section 8 Tenants

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Section 8 tenants are deemed to be bona fide tenants

New owner takes title subject to both the Section 8 lease and the HAP contract

EXCEPTION: Lease may be terminated with a 90 day notice if new owner will occupy unit as primary residence

Any eviction notices must also be sent to the Housing Authority. 24 CFR 982.310(e)(2)(ii).


State and local protections

State and Local Protections

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  • Code Civ. Proc. 1161b

    • 60 days’ notice

    • 30 days’ notice if owner remains on the property

  • Civ. Code 1962

  • Local Just Cause for Eviction Laws


Utility shutoffs

Utility Shutoffs

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For individually metered units (including SFHs), 10-day notice of shutoff. Pub. Util. Code 777, 10009

For master metered units, 15-day notice of shutoff. Pub. Util. Code 777.1, 10009.1

Tenants have the right to put the accounts in their own names without paying for the landlord’s arrearages.


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