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.