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How Long Can You Live in a Home During Foreclosure?

With both judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, you will still have some time between notification of the foreclosure and the actual sale. This time frame depends on the lender’s response to the Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. Everything works according to the below scenario:

  • Once you make the petition, a lender is prohibited from taking action to collect the debt through automatic suspension.
  • During this time, the creditor can either apply to the court for an exemption from the suspension, which would allow them to continue the foreclosure process. Otherwise, one can do nothing while the bankruptcy is pending.

Each case is individual, and the whole process will depend on how quickly the bank takes action against you. If you think that your case is not a priority for the lender, this does not mean that you should assume that the bank is in no hurry with your case.

As for the time you have left until you check out, it depends on the activities of the bank. It usually varies from six months to a year from the date the foreclosure suit is filed in most cases. Experts recommend that you contact a bankruptcy or foreclosure lawyer in your area to better understand what your rights and options are in relation to your home.


Eviction After the Foreclosure Sale

After the sale of the house, the new owner has the opportunity to evict everyone who remains there. At this point, at least four months should pass so that you can be legally asked to leave. However, things will move quickly now. In California, a new owner can give you three days’ notice of termination. If you do not leave the home voluntarily, the new owner may receive a court order requiring you to leave the home by a specific date – from 3 to 30 days after the judge signs the order. If you refuse to check out, the sheriff will post an eviction notice at your front door and physically take you and your belongings away from home in just 24 hours. In this situation, it is always best to leave voluntarily. If you get sued, the eviction will appear on your credit report and could harm your ability to rent or buy in the future.



In most states, foreclosure lenders must formally notify borrowers of the scheduled auction date for their homes. Foreclosure laws also generally require a minimum of 21 days between notification of foreclosure auction and any actual sale. By law, an auction sale to buy your home entails the return of the property and the termination of your ownership rights. However, foreclosure on a house is completely separate from the eviction of its tenants. To evict you, the new owner of a foreclosure home must first formally ask you to move out.