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Recognizing the problem - Mark's Journal
Recognizing the problem
The Cook County Sheriff is refusing to evict innocent tenants on behalf of banks foreclosing on property owners behind on their mortgages. (Thanks to Tori for the link.)

"These poor people are seeing everything they own put out on the street. ... They've paid their bills, paid them on time. Here we are with a battering ram at the front door going to throw them out. It's gotten insane," he said.


"I told them, 'You send an agent out, you send somebody out that gives me any type of assurance that the appropriate person is in the house, I will fulfill the order.'

"When you're blindly sending me out to houses where I'm coming across innocent tenant after innocent tenant, I can't keep doing this and have a good conscience about it."
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joyfulchaos From: joyfulchaos Date: October 9th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just heard that on MSNBC. Good for him.
From: 5251962 Date: October 9th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
On one hand, I want to cheer.

On the other, I fear the worst as more Americans do stand up against the changes coming. How is the government going to respond to this?

I can tell you, it's not going to be pretty.
From: 5251962 Date: October 9th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops, sorry that wasn't supposed to be a reply to your comment. LOL
joyfulchaos From: joyfulchaos Date: October 9th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's ok :)
kitchenqueen From: kitchenqueen Date: October 9th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good on 'em. I've always thought that the banks need to work out something with renters who DO pay their rent. It's not their fault that the owner didn't fork over their money for the mortgage.
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: October 9th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Banks don't like to be in the landlord business, one would assume.
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: October 9th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. We've seen over the last fortnight that bank don't like to be in any legitimate business. Or no business save fraud.

Fiku ilin!!
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: October 9th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. We must have seen and posted at about the same time.

Tom Dart is a true American Hero! We finally have someone we can look up to in his horrid mess.
keeyoo From: keeyoo Date: October 9th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
The way I see it, law enforcement is between the proverbial rock/hard place. There are a lot of officers out there with integrity and compassion who must choose between their conscience and their jobs. Yeah, it ain't gonna be pretty...

sp_jesse From: sp_jesse Date: October 10th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
From the way the local paper read (we're right beside Lake County) he's got some fairly solid ground to stand on and be able to follow his conscience and do his job.

When foreclosing, the bank is supposed to notify the occupant of the house 120 days in advance. They're sending letters to the owners, then expecting the police to evict the person in the house...so it could be argued that the bank isn't following the laws that they are asking him to uphold, which means he's doing his job.
From: mikesmith0706 Date: October 9th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not to be a wet blanket, but it sounds like the only reason he's no longer participating in the evictions is because you're not supposed to evict anyone but the actual person owning the building?

Or am I reading what he's saying wrong?
sp_jesse From: sp_jesse Date: October 10th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't read the CNN story...but our local paper had what I can only assume as a very similar story (we live next to, and I work in Lake County).
Basically the bank is supposed to notify the OCCUPANT of the home 120 days before eviction and they are notifying the owner and expecting that they are fulfilling their end of things - the sheriff is saying they are not so he won't evict until they give the occupants 120 days.
lindyhoppr From: lindyhoppr Date: October 9th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
My lease with my tenant is transferable, and expires a year from the date it is signed.
According to my mortgage, if I rent for profit, then the bank is supposed to give me an OK, but can take my profits. Which is why the rent = the mortgage payment.

Owners smell a little illegal here.
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