Chicago, IL asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Foreclosure and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois

Q: Tenant right on a house being sold as foreclosure on

We have been renting a house with no lease, on month to month bases. My neighboor told me it's being sold. I went online and it does say house will be auctioned 13/18. I never got any notice or warning about this from my landlord or anybody. What are my rights in this situation? How long do I have to move out?

1 Lawyer Answer
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: My general advice to people in your situation is to start looking for a new place immediately. Even if a buyer at auction takes title subject to your rights as a tenant, he or she can give you notice at any time that your lease expires at the end of the calendar month following the one in which you received the notice. Since you can't be sure whether a new owner will do this, start looking for a new place now. If the new owner wants to keep you as a tenant, you can stop looking.

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