Housing Advocates Applaud Introduction Of Legislation Protecting Tenants At Foreclosure


WASHINGTON, DC – March 13, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Housing Law Project (NHLP), the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP), and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) applaud Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) for introducing legislation to permanently extend the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA).

“The PTFA provides critical protection to innocent renter families whose homes have been foreclosed. PTFA is an important tool, especially now, given the significant national shortage of rental housing,” said NHLP Executive Director Marcia Rosen.

“Without federal protections in place, many renters in foreclosed properties are vulnerable to summary eviction—and homelessness. In nearly half the states, these renters can be evicted with five days’ notice or less, through no fault of their own,” said NLCHP Executive Director Maria Foscarinis.

“We are grateful to Senator Blumenthal and Representative Ellison for introducing this crtical legislation to protect renters when their landlords’ properties go into foreclosure. We hope Congress acts swiftly to enact these protections,” said Sheila Crowley, President and CEO for NLIHC.

The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA), enacted in 2009, was the only federal protection for renters living in foreclosed properties. Even though foreclosures remain a common occurrence, Congress failed to extend the PTFA law and it expired on December 31, 2014.

The law provided most renters with the right to at least to 90 days’ notice before being required to move after foreclosure. Now, renters, who often have no idea that their landlords are behind on mortgage payments, can be evicted with just a few days’ notice in most states.

Today, only nine states and the District of Columbia have laws that match or exceed the provisions of the federal PTFA. Nineteen states have no specific protections for renters faced with eviction due to foreclosure, eight states provide notice of three to thirty days before eviction, and eight states allow for the immediate eviction of renters.

Established in 1968 The National Housing Law Project works to advance housing justice for the poor by increasing and preserving the supply of decent, affordable housing , improving existing housing conditions, including physical conditions and management practices, expanding and enforcing low-income tenants’ and homeowners’ rights, and, increasing housing opportunities for racial and ethnic minorities.

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (www.nlchp.org) is the only national organization dedicated solely to using the power of the law to end and prevent homelessness. With the support of a large network of pro bono lawyers, we address the immediate and long-term needs of people who are homeless or at risk through outreach and training, advocacy, impact litigation, and public education.

Established in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, the National Low income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest income in the United States have affordable and decent homes

Linda Couch, NLIHC, , 202-662-1530 x228
Sarah Knutson, NLCHP, , 202-638-2535 x105
Kent Qian, NHLP, , 415-546-7000 x3112

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