Baltimore, MD asked in Foreclosure and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland

Q: My foreclosure auction was 4 days ago. I dont know if it sold. I have a tenant living there.

How long before the tenant must leave? I am in Maryland.

1 Lawyer Answer
Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann
  • Crownsville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: As with many things legal "it depends." If the tenant is a "bona fide" tenant (not related to the owner who lost the house), they may get 90 days or they may get to ride out the current lease.

The rules for how long a tenant gets to stay under the terms of their pre-foreclosure lease differ depending on who bought at auction (for instance, if someone bought to occupy the property they can oust a tenant quicker than someone who bought the property as an investment). It also varies depending on whether the foreclosing mortgage was "federally related" or not.

The status of the proceedings, including the report of sale, should be filed in the Circuit Court where the property is located. Anyone can request a copy of the Report of Sale from the clerk if they didn't otherwise receive it.

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