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Illegal eviction in Florida foreclosures: borrower beware!


by Mike on June 18, 2009

Going through foreclosure? Not sure when you have to leave?

Illegal eviction explained

You’re at risk for an illegal eviction. Tampa resident and illegal eviction victim Bruce Wernet explains.

I came home to find two trucks being loaded with my personal belongings. A “lock-out” company, hired by the bank, informed me that the house was foreclosed upon, and they now were the owners of my personal property.

I called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and the company was ordered to leave. Once a home becomes foreclosed on, it doesn’t mean that the bank can take your belongings and change the locks. They are required to file a writ of possession that is carried out by sheriff’s deputies.

In my case, no writ of possession had been filed. But the lock-out company already had removed several valuables that were never recovered. I felt violated, as if I woke up and found myself in a communist country.

If you find yourself the target of an illegal eviction, call the sheriff first and a lawyer next. Don’t lose your home before you absolutely have to.

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