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Q: Once a house is sold in foreclosure, how long do you have to vacate the home?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 1, 2021

Usually the Deed of Trust says you are month to month tenant owing rent. The new owner will file a Detainer Warrant to recover possession, which will take a month to three months to complete.

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Q: How can I obtain information on my home that was foreclosure. I need to know who was paid from the sale how much

None

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 7, 2021

Contact the trustee that conducted the sale. He will be the grantor in the deed to the highest bidder. Suing for a surplus is difficult but possible, usually on large land tracts.

But that might be the only way to get the trustee's attention.

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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Personal Injury for Tennessee on
Q: Can I still sue after a year of an injury that's gonna last the rest of my life?

3 officers slammed me down in the yard of the home we Were evicted from. While 2 put there knees in my back one reached around them and grabbed me by the back of my neck, squzz and just held as tightly as he could as if trying to strangle me from behind now my neck aches a lot it pops n creeks and... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 1, 2021

Looks to me like the statute of limitations in Tennessee is one year. If it is over a year you can't proceed. Contact attorneys who handle "police misconduct." You need exact dates.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can we have the house transferred to us since we pay all of the bills including taxes and fixed holes in the walls ect

We have been paying taxes since 2013 just enough to keep it out of foreclosure. The house was left from my husband’s grandmother to his mother and uncle his uncle doesn’t want it and gave a verbal “ok” for us to move in and do what ever but his mom who PAYS NOTHING OR KNOW WHATS GOING ON... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 16, 2021

If the owners do not wish to transfer the property to you, then no. It is their property subject to the Deed of Trust. If the Note is not paid, foreclosure will occur where you might make a bid. If taxes are not paid, then after a while the County will have a tax sale. This is not a tract... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts and Foreclosure for Tennessee on
Q: I live in Tennessee, can my landlord show the house to buyers during the covid pandemic and while I’m currentlypregnant

My landlord told us before we signed the lease that we wouldn’t have to deal with strangers coming into our home for any reason but because she’s dealing with facing foreclosure on a different house that she hasn’t been able to get anyone to buy,she’s been trying to get someone to buy the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 4, 2021

Unless it is in your Lease there is no such prohibition. You may wish to find a leasehold elsewhere. A Buyer will take subject to your Lease, I would expect to not stay there much longer. A potential personal injury suit is not going to happen because it would be impossible to prove. causation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Collections for Tennessee on
Q: Which path would be better ?

I have a Judgement, just placed a lein on the debtors property. I have a copy of the warranty deed signed over to only the debtor in December of last year. Also I have the TN realestate assessment data with value and descriptions of buildings on that property.

Would it be better to Ask for... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 18, 2020

You can request the Clerk issue the Levy, but it will probably cost some money. Your Lien is good 10 years from judgment date, unless extended. The Judgment (certified copy) should be filed in Register's Office where the property lies, so it will then be a Judgment Lien. The Debtor may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Foreclosure and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: Family member passed away with written Will left house with mortgage to my mother

The problem I’m facing the house became delinquent I had the money to make the payment but the bank would not accept the payment saying they have to have paperwork saying that I am the executor of the Estate i’m worried that I can’t get this taken care of in a timely manner before my house... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 11, 2020

Your facts do not make sense. But if you started a Probate, which may have not been necessary, then you should be getting your Letters Testamentary from Probate Court. Call the Court today. This will be your authority to act on behalf of the Estate. Insurance and Taxes have to be paid also.

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Q: How long does a tennessee resident have to claim excess proceeds on a foreclosed home?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 14, 2020

I have always treated that as a 3 year SOL, because you sue for Conversion and Tortious Breach of Fiduciary Duty. A 6 year Contract Breach SOL is doubtful but might be argued.

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for Tennessee on
Q: Can a hoa foreclose on my home for not paying monthly fees?
Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jul 8, 2020

That depends on the specific language in the HOA bylaws and other legal documents. I cannot answer this question in your case because I haven't read all the HOA documents that apply. However, I can tell you that in my experience, HOA's can do all sorts of things to homeowners that do not... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: Foreclosure auction trying to buy from daughter of deceased 5 years, but not sure if can get clear title?

I'm trying to buy a home in foreclosure from daughter(executor)from Will of a deceased 5 years prior. The deed and mortgage is still in the mothers name. They have a Will that states the daughter is executor and is authorized to sell real estate of her estate without an Order of the Probate... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Mar 15, 2020

You are right to be scared. Do not do this without the assistance of an attorney. In addition, do not do this without the assurance of title insurance. An attorney or a title insurance company can tell you what steps will be required in order for you to obtain clear title in your particular case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: I sign for 11 months and within two month of living here they said they send a letter saying if we don’t fix the problem

Noise complaint than we get evection for it. They said we have 14 day to fix it but they want us to leave because of noise complaint and i pay them rent on time would that go on my record and stay on there for 7 years for noise complaint

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 16, 2019

No. Not as long as the rent is paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for Tennessee on
Q: Can they not give us the 3 weeks to get our stuff legally since the house is now theirs

The house I lived in has been foreclosed on and now sold ,the attorney requested 3 weeks for us to get our stuff and the new owner said yes now they are talking about we can’t stay there in order to get our stuff and shortening the time

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 8, 2019

You need to leave as soon as possible. But the owner cannot obtain possession without a Detainer Warrant. It must be filed, served or posted, then a Judgment For Possession goes down in Court. If you are not out in 10 days, then the Owner gets the Sheriff to physically remove you with a Writ of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for Tennessee on
Q: Unwanted solicitation by bail bondsman with a person of diminished mental capacity resulting in a lien on property.
Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jun 24, 2019

Your question is unclear. Consult with a local attorney to see if you can get help with the lien.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Foreclosure and Collections for Tennessee on
Q: My home in Missouri was foreclosed on in 2013. I had a 1st & 2nd on it. Can the 2nd sue me in 2019 in Tennessee?

Foreclosed Oct 2013. Am I protected by Tenn. Code Ann. § 35-5-118? 2 years vs 6 years?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 13, 2019

Usually the Deficiency Suit will be barred after two years from the Foreclosure Sale, as it is the earliest SOL. Rarely will a Noteholder wait almost six years to Foreclose and then sue upon the remaining Note Indebtedness. Hopefully Tennessee Law applies to your Second Note, which is itself not... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Parents defaulted on mortgage in TN. Bank now wants to sue them for different of short-sale, they have no money to give.

My parents let a TN property go since they cannot afford it anymore. The bank is threatening to sue them if they do not pay the difference from a cash offer they have for a short sale. My parents have no money anymore to pay this.

The other options was to pay them monthly for the next 10... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Feb 6, 2019

You should not have sent them any further financial and asset information. The Bank will sue them for the Note Deficiency, which will include alot of penalties and attorney fees. After the Bank gets a Judgment, it will use the information to execute on your Parents' assets. They should... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: Can my spouse stop the sale of my house when the alternative is foreclosure?

I have owned my house for around 12 years, my husband has lived there since we married less than 5 years ago. l am the only one on the deed and mortgage. The house is in pre-foreclosure, but I have found a potential buyer who is offering enough to cover the balance. Husband is aware of the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 5, 2018

As long as you are alive He has no legal interest in the property except his possession. His signature is not required to transfer the home, but many places will want him to sign anyway to satisfy Title Insurance Policies. The purchaser may have to file a Detainer Warrant on him, and he may know... Read more »

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Q: I need a lawyer to stop foreclosure in a deed of trust n tennessee
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 19, 2018

What are your grounds? Any competent attorney will be expensive and you will probably have to put up a Bond to put down a Temporary Restraining Order. You do not have much time and it will take alot of work to file suit in Chancery. It may be more feasible to file a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for Tennessee on
Q: Does previous owner have rights to claim personal items abandoned 2 years ago when they moved out .

We purchased a home at a foreclosure sale. The electricity has been off 5 months. and the neighbors tell us the owner moved 2 years ago. They have our number and are calling requesting items in home do they have rights to items left 2 years ago?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 14, 2018

Yes. The Statute of Limitations on Conversion is three years. They could also sue you in General Sessions for an Action To Recover Personal Property. But I doubt any Magistrate will issue an Arrest Warrant for Theft of Property. It is basically a civil matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: I live in Tennessee. 8 years ago we had a foreclosure. Can a debt collector still come after me?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 13, 2018

Not sure what debt you are concerned about. But the Deed of Trust Note must be sued upon within six years of default, unless some other period is agreed upon. Usually you will be served with the deficiency suit and the creditor will get a judgment which is good ten years from judgment.

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