“No Notice” Evictions

Watching a piece on Las Vegas in which “no notice” evictions are taking place. The renter has been paying on their rent while the owner of the property has been going through foreclosure proceedings and not notified the renter. Then the bank sends out the police to kick out the tenants with no notice whatsoever, and they have only a brief period of time, while the police are there, to move out their belongings.

“If we could give them two hours we’d give them two hours, but obviously I have 16 lock-outs that I have to do today and I couldn’t give someone an hour a say or I’d be out 16 hours. We usually give more time on a foreclosure than a straight eviction where they have 24 hour notice. These guys had no notice. We do have to give them access to a change of clothes, their medication and stuff like that. I can give them 5 to 10 minutes but I’m not going to let them take advantage of me or the other deputy by letting them move everything out.”

And, snap, these people lose everything. All the locks are changed by a locksmith while the tenants scramble to deposit on the front lawn what they can salvage. Computer. Some clothes. One can be vaguely thankful it’s not raining. Then the door is shut and sealed with red tape. A few comments on the video cynically expound on how downsizing is good and they didn’t need all their stuff, that we all have too much stuff. Someone else says the universe is in balance and there is balance even in this. An individual from another country says what in the world is this, that in their country the bank must take on the contract with the tenant and honor it.

Management of eviction of tenants, under these circumstances, is different from state to state and there are those which allow even several months for the tenant to vacate. From what I read, Nevada seems to be one of the particularly nasty ones when it comes to renter’s rights, there not being any. I’ve no idea why the bank should not be obligated to honor the contract with a paying tenant or why they would be adverse to doing so. That they can throw the tenants out in this way and take possession of their belongings is criminal.

If I was a law enforcement officer and my job was to manage evictions of this type, giving 16 families a day only enough time to deposit some clothes and toys on the front lawn, I’d be unable to live with myself.

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Juli Kearns

Juli Kearns is the author of Thunderbird and the Ball of Twine and Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World (or) In Search of the Great Penguin. She is also an artist/photographer, and the person behind the web alter of "Idyllopus Press".

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