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Dart calls for halt to illegal eviction notices

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is telling a Chicago property management company to immediately stop illegal eviction notices to renters whose buildings are the subject of foreclosure proceedings.

Dart has ordered CHIProperties to stop threatening its renters and to stop misrepresenting the law.

Members of the Keep Chicago Renting Coalition protested outside CHIProperties offices at 1512 North Fremont Street this morning.

Dart says the company has been posting notices that instruct renters in properties that are subject to foreclosure proccedings that they are trespassers and must move out immediately.  This notice also reads that the eviction process has started, even if a suit has not been filed.

When a bank wishes to evict tenants in a foreclosure they must do so through the court system.  Sheriff’s deputies then carry that eviction out.

Dart is asking CHIProperties to give him the addresses of every property in which these unlawful notices were distributed.

Luis Islas was living in such a unit with his wife and children.  They were given a notice that the sheriff was coming.  He says CHIProperties then boarded up the building while his family was still living in it.

“This company and banks, they think they can do whatever they want,” Islas said.  “But it’s not right.”

“This is common decency we’re talking about here, and following the law,” Sheriff Dart told reporters.  “There is a process.  People have 90 days.”

Sheriff Dart said anyone who has received such a notice should contact his office.

A person answering the telephone at the CHIProperties office said the company will have nothing to say.


12 Comments to “Dart calls for halt to illegal eviction notices”

    pagan69 said:
    March 20, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Publish who owns CHIProperties then this may make sense!

    Dwayne said:
    March 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I think (CHIProperties) should be evicted from the business community. They should suffer the same fate as those who suffer from their actions.
    Board up their place of business and revoke their business license then let's see if they respond to the allegations of mistreatment of tenants????

    Calichelsea said:
    March 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I have issues with Chiproperties. they took over management of the other side of my duplex which is in foreclosure and their cleaning crews stole $500 worth of my property and all they can say is 'we thought it was debris' no one wants to fix this so now it's time for my lawyer to get involved. their cleaning crews always come in cars with paper license plates and are never the same from week to week

    nicole said:
    March 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    is this only for this business or is this for everyone with the same issue. i was given a FAKE 5 days notice and have a story to tell. i would like someone to contact me asap if possible.

    Nicole said:
    March 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    What is the phohe number to the man in charge. i would like to speak with him ASAP.

    Landlord said:
    March 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Question, who are the "tenants", aka former owners, paying their rent to? Keep in mind many homeowners were foreclosed on due to non paying tenants who knew their rights and dragged out the eviction process and by the time they were evicted, the homeowner was being foreclosed on, couldn't modify their loan, catch up on mortgage payments and their financials in ruins. Remember, no rent means no income to pay the homeowners mortgage. So who protects the owners? Shaking my head?

    piere dunn said:
    March 28, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Ive seen chl properties violate the “manact” federal law about the smuggling and knowlege of smuggling illegals for cheap labor.they drive nice cars,for free,they commit crimes for chl properties and are more sneakier than a mouse.chl provides no heat,deals in a monopoly and a fraud and has violated severe s.e.c. rules calling for disclosure.period.and fu@k chicago to allowing the pay backdr grease”to inspectors who do nothinv but pullup in frnt of ur house sit on taxdollars,and drive off.i hate socalled housing laws,idhr,all thats a fraud!!!! Lov fed.

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