1. Find your county's Recorder of Deeds office
Your old landlord does not have to tell you about the foreclosure unless you live in Chicago. You still have to pay rent, even if you were not told about the foreclosure. But, foreclosures are public records. You can find out if your building is in foreclosure by going to your county’s Recorder of Deeds office.
2. Search your building's record
Look for the words “lis pendens” under your building’s record with the county recorder of deeds. If you see this, and the name of a bank, your property might be in foreclosure. Ask the staff to let you see the documents filed under the lis pendens. There should be a case number on the documents, usually with a combination of numbers and letters.
- A state foreclosure case number would look like: 2015 CH 34234
- A federal foreclosure case number would look like: 2016cv00000
In Cook County, you can find this information on the Cook County Recorder’s website. You will need your building’s PIN number. If you do not know your building’s PIN number, you can find it on the Cook County Assessor’s Office website. You can then look up the case number on the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s website.