As you read on Wednesday, a law has been in place since 2009 protecting tenants when the building they live in goes into foreclosure.

According to some, this law, which is set to expire in 2014, has room for improvement and strengthening beyond just eliminating the expiration date.

While an Arizona court upheld the provisions of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, reports have surfaced in some parts of the country suggesting that financial institutions and others do not always abide by the law.

NLIHC staff find that a significant number of those calling our offices in need of housing assistance call because their rental home has gone into foreclosure, and they need help understanding and exercising their rights. While we are still collecting data on these calls, anecdotal evidence suggests this is a persistent and perhaps growing problem.

So how do we solve it? What can organizations and institutions do to better spread the word about the laws protecting tenants? What kind of changes to the law could be made to strengthen it? What have you learned from seeing this law, or similar state or local laws, in action in your community? Let’s talk about it in the comments.