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Sheriff to Stop Serving Eviction Notices to Renters

Tired of seeing renters who are caught in the mortgage meltdown being kicked out to the curb, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart of Cook County, Illinois, took a brave step: he's going to stop serving eviction notices!

"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.

Mortgage companies are supposed to identify a building's occupants before asking for an eviction, but sheriff's deputies routinely find that the mortgage companies have not done so, Dart said.

"This is an example where the banking industry has not done any of the work they should do. It's a piece of paper to them," Dart said.

"These mortgage companies ... don't care who's in the building," Dart said Wednesday. "They simply want their money and don't care who gets hurt along the way.

"On top of it all, they want taxpayers to fund their investigative work for them. We're not going to do their jobs for them anymore. We're just not going to evict innocent tenants. It stops today."


D-san - the owners of the buildings lost their mortgage and the banks now own the buildings. It's the renters who pay their bills on time that get evicted.
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i have to say, this guy is awesome! how long this will last, i don't know, but as a renter in chicago it's nice to know that someone is standing up for what is right here.
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Right on. I wish this would catch on. We've had several cases here of folks renting houses where the "owner" stops making the mortgage payments but keeps on cashing those rent checks and never even tells the tenants anything is wrong. If the house were sold out from under the tenants they'd get some kind of notice. But in these cases, nope, it's the sheriff.
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'A hero will arise'.

I read elsewhere that the 'issue' is even worse than this. Apparently the 'banks' are issuing eviction notices w/o checking who they're evicting. Apparently not just anyone can be evicted under the law. However, they rely on the Sheriff to work out who can and can't be which means he is doing bank work for free.

Perhaps a yanqui of Chicago persuasion can word us up on that.

ps: no bankers will get betcha.
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Congratulations Sir for telling evrybody that it's okay to spend money you don't have on things you can't afford. Hey, wait, isn't that why this country is in the mess that it is in?
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I disagree with Dianne. His face is too.. weird. :P

That being said. this guy's heart is in the right place and I'd be glad if he was around were I the one about to be evicted.


It does concern me a bit when people abuse their power. Corruption and selfishness aren't the only way people can abuse their power. This guy is in a position of authority and obviously disobaying laws. Throwing aside whether it's right or wrong (and I can't believe I'm saying this), but doesn't that encourage others to diobay laws they think are unfair? Unfair laws are supposed to be changed by democracy. Granted, that a bit 'blue sky' thinking.... but it seems like a small step toward anarchy...
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