Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) issued a Dear Colleague letter on November 13 asking House Members to cosponsor his bill to make permanent the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA). The PTFA was authorized in 2009 and extended in 2010 until December 31, 2014. This law gives most tenants whose landlords have lost their properties due to foreclosure the right to remain in their homes for the greater of 90 days or the term of their lease. Unless Congress acts in the lame duck session, PTFA will expire at the end of this year.
Without the PTFA, which provides nationwide protection to all renters, tenants in many states will be left with little to no protection from displacement with little notice when the owners of the rental properties in which they live are foreclosed on. In his letter, Mr. Ellison urges other Representatives to join him so that renters are “protected irrespective of where a foreclosure takes place.”
Mr. Ellison’s bill, H.R. 3543, was introduced in November 2013 and currently has 36 cosponsors. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) also introduced a bill in November 2013 to make the PTFA permanent, S. 1761. The Senate bill has seven cosponsors.
In the absence of enacting H.R. 3543, advocates are pushing for PTFA to at least be extended and are working to add an extension to another legislative vehicle.
House Members wishing to cosponsor H.R. 3543 should contact Carol Wayman in Mr. Ellison’s office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Ellison’s letter is at http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/111314_protecting_tenants_at_foreclosure.pdf.
More information about PTFA is on NLIHC’s website at http://nlihc.org/issues/foreclosure, and on page 176 of NLIHC’s 2014 Advocates’ Guide, http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/2014AG-176.pdf