If a landlord rents out a home or other property and that home or property is facing foreclosure, residential tenants may be protected by New Jersey’s Anti-Eviction statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1 to 61.12. Legitimate residential tenants have rights to stay on the property notwithstanding a foreclosure.
Frequently, because lenders do not know tenants’ names, the foreclosure complaint will name “John Doe, Tenants No 1 to 10.” If a lender is unaware that the property is rented, a tenant may first be told about the foreclosure when the lender has a writ of possession and is attempting to remove the property’s occupants. If you are a tenant and are served with a complaint, you should consult an attorney. You may also provide the lender’s attorney with a copy of your lease.