Evicted Family Breaks Locks, Reclaims Home (video)

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Jim and Danielle Earl returned to their house on Saturday on Mustang Drive in Simi Valley, California.  The Earls, with their nine children, hired a locksmith to break the locks and moved back in.

The house is no longer owned by the bank, GRP Financial Services.  Since the foreclosure it had been bought by an investor, remodeled and resold. The new owners were expected to take possession of the home in a few days.

However, the Earls, with their attorney, hired a locksmith to open the doors and the family proceeded to move their possessions back into the house.

The family was evicted from their home in July after they fell behind on payments.  The Earls said they had been working with the bank to catch up on payments when the discovered a $25,000 difference in the amount they thought they owed and what the bank claimed they owed.  So, they stopped making payments.

Throughout the US banks are halting foreclosures due to flawed paperwork.  According to ABC News, “The family and their attorney said the bank used fraudulent paperwork to force them out.”

Video Credit: ABC News.

“This is a really exciting day, a day we’ve been waiting for,” said Danielle Earl. “My kids have been begging to go home and we’re finally home.

“This is only the beginning of this,” said the Earl’s attorney, Michael Pines. “I chose this family because we needed to get back in before the investor and the real estate broker defrauded a new family by having them move in, which would have created a bigger mess. (The Earls) have done absolutely nothing wrong.”

Police were on scene on Saturday but did not take action to make the family leave.

Do you think this is the beginning of the people fighting back with the banks?

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.


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