My question involves a foreclosure in the State of: California
Recently, we lost our rental property to forclosure. We had attempted to short sale the property but were unable to so the bank understandably foreclosed on us. Throughout this time, we continued to have tenants occupy the property. My husband was aware that the home was up for auction however we were unable to find out if it sold. The following business day after the auction my husband called the bank to see if it sold and the bank was unsure. Apparently it had sold to an investment group. They apparently posted a notice on the property stating it had been sold at auction and we had 3 days to remove our personal property, however we don't reside there. The tenants never notified us and we are wondering what our rights are? We had just purchased a brand new refrigerator for them 2 months prior and we also had our washer and dryer there that were less than 1 year old. We called the investment group to ask for our property and of course they said "no". We were under contract with our tenants to provide them the W/D as well as the refrigerator so we couldn't just go in and take it. We feel that my husband and I should have been personally notified by the bank, the new owners, or the tenants since we didn't reside at that property. What are the laws regarding that? We are considering a small claims suit but are unsure whether we have a case.