Sale by Landlord

If the landlord sells the property and the purchaser has actual or constructive notice that it is leased to a tenant, the purchaser must honor the provisions of the lease. Where the tenant is in possession of the premises, the purchaser is considered by law to have notice of the lease. The rights and responsibilities of tenant and new owner are the same as existed between tenant and former owner. Read the Law: Maryland Code, Real Property, Section 8-101

Tax Sale

The Plaintiff in an action to foreclose the right of redemption must send a written notice of the action to tenants of the property subject to the action.  The notice must meet certain specifications as follows: When the tenant's identity is known to the Plaintiff, the notice must be sent by certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested, and accompanied by a copy of the complaint; or, when the tenant's identity is unknown to the Plaintiff, but the Plaintiff may reasonably ascertain the tenant's occupancy of property, the written notice must be sent to each separately leased area of the property by first-class mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the tenant by name if known or to "occupant" if unknown, in an envelope prominently marked on the outside with the phrase "Notice of Action to Foreclose," and accompanied by a copy of the complaint.

The notice to tenants in either case A or B must contain the following statement: "If the unpaid taxes, together with costs and expenses, are not paid, the court may enter a judgment foreclosing the right of redemption that would terminate your lease and right to occupy the property.  You have the right to pay the unpaid taxes, together with costs and expenses, and avoid lease termination and eviction.  A judgment foreclosing the right of redemption could be entered within the next 90 days and at that time you could be evicted or required to vacate the property."

If the Plaintiff files the action before final ratification of the sale, failure of a tenant to receive notice does not invalidate the sale.

After judgment foreclosing the right of redemption is issued, and at least 30 days prior to Plaintiff taking possession of the property, Plaintiff must give any tenant on the property written notice of Plaintiff's intent to obtain possession of the property and that the tenant must vacate the property within 30 days after the notice. Read the Law: Maryland Code, Tax-Property, Section 14-836


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