Foreclosure Mess Victimizes Renters as Well
A few months ago, I thought about writing this post but I never got around to it. The Wall Street Journal was sitting at my office this afternoon and an article caught my attention: “Mortgage Turmoil Hits Renters As Buildings Go Into Foreclosure”.
The reason why I thought about writing this post a few months ago is because I met someone who faced the very predicament that the Wall Street Journal article discusses. I met a guy who was looking to buy a condo. At the time, he was renting a condo at The Club at Brickell Bay and his lease was going to end within six months. A few weeks after he contacted me, he was notified that the condo was in the foreclosure process. He wasn’t notified, however, as to how much time he had until he needed to vacate. The thought that “today may be the day” entered his mind each day that he rode up the elevator to his apartment.
In the past, I’ve had some clients who offered to pay 12 month’s worth of rent upfront in order to negotiate a better price. I no longer advise this because of the possibility that the landlord will face financial difficulties and go into foreclosure. Renters are required to produce a credit report and background check when becoming a tenant in a condo building. Nowadays, it doesn’t seem so outlandish to me to ask for a credit check from the landlord. I’m not saying that you’ll actually get one but doesn’t it make sense to at least ask for one?