Chicago Sheriff Will Resume Home Foreclosure Evictions
Friday, October 17, 2008
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CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart says his office will resume performing evictions in foreclosure cases on Monday, but with important new legal safeguards for tenants facing such action.
Dart said Thursday that the new safeguards were worked out with Judge Dorothy K. Kinnaird, supervisor of the Cook County Chancery Court.
Dart halted such evictions last week because deputies often found they were removing innocent people who paid their rent on time without knowing their landlords were in foreclosure.
Dart says the new rules require a bank to provide the court with a detailed description of the foreclosed property and identify all its tenants.
The bank must also prove it informed all tenants of the state-mandated 120-day grace period allowing them to secure new housing before moving out.