Aldie, VA asked in Foreclosure and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: I purchased a foreclosed home at auction. I found that someone lives there. How do I evict them?

I do not know who lives there, whether they were renting from previous owner or they were the previous owners.

1 Lawyer Answer
Brian Xavier Pendergraft
Brian Xavier Pendergraft
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Greenbelt, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: You can still evict them. I would first attempt to evict "the owner and all occupants" using a forcible/entry and detainer action. If the person living on the property ends up being the former owner then congratulations! If the person living on the property is not the former owner, then they may have some defenses (tenants in foreclosure situations have certain notice requirements that may or may not have been met in your case but I don't know since I did not do the foreclosure), but they should still come to court. You can ask him or her who they are and go from there.

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