Foreclosure Follow-Up

Imagine you and your children being kicked to the curb with all your belongings left in the front yard in an undignified, but very legal way.
That's the situation facing this tenant who decided to rent a property in foreclosure.
Now Tara Proctor who's 8 months pregnant is trying to find a place to live.
Tara says, "It was horrible. My kids... they just... they threw everything in bags, they wouldn't even let me pack. It was just... It's horrible, it's embarrassing."
Tara moved into this northeast Colorado Springs neighborhood in March after signing a lease with this man known as Chevy or Dwayne Zehnder. She says she knew the home was in foreclosure, but never understood her rights.
She found out the hard way that Zehnder whose arrest record shows he was accused of forgery and filing false documents... was the ultimate winner... collecting rent from her for months even though his only tie to the home was a document called a Quit Claim Deed.
Cynthia Glen owned the home. She says Zehnder told her he would sell the house. Instead... she says he put out a "for rent" sign and started collecting rent from Tara.
Cynthia says, "I didn't realize i ws signing over the property to him at all. It makes me sick to my stomach to find out that you know... he's getting all of this money off of this property when it should be going to the mortgage lender."
Now the house is owned by U.S. Bank which will try to sell it.
If you're looking to rent a home remember, these are very volatile times. Don't be afraid to check out the landlord just as he investigates your background.
Before you sign a lease go to the county assessor's office and see who legally owns it. Also make a call to the public trustee's office. Homes in foreclosure will have a papertrail to follow.
Don't be afraid to ask the landlord for references... others who have leased from him.
And never pay several months rent in advance that could be a warning sign.
The El Paso County District Attorney's office as well as the Colorado Attorney General's office is currently investigating Zehnder for equity skimming.
That's a practice where an investor fraudulently takes a property from an uninformed homeowner and collects rent from him or someone else.

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  • by What in the... Location: Canfeet on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    What is a dmsnnler? Oh and about the lady who was evicted, I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. I hope you find something quick - you should press charges against this Dwayne "Chevy" Zehnder for fraud and for what he has put you and your children through... Not to mention US Bank! Maybe you and the woman who thought she owned the house should get together to find an attorney who will take this case for little or no money... Hmmmmm
  • by Type Much? Location: ROFL on Jul 30, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    KAY: Uh, type much?! It always pays to LOOK at what you're about to post BEFORE you hit the "submit" button! Considering it wasn't even 10 a.m. yet I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and avoid questioning your sobriety... Whew! p.s. If I had a dmsnnler 3 bedroom place in Canfeet you can believe I'd rent it out for a darn sight more than $480. HAHA
  • by ME Location: colo spgs on Jul 30, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    here is another question to think about, what happens when you go thru a Managment company, you find out the house is in forclosure, so you keep paying the rent to the company or break the lease and move? If you stay do you get kicked out? if you get kicked out who kicks you out and will you get your deposit back. it is my understanding when the house is foreclosure, when it gets sold the company or person who buys it has to honor the remaining part of your lease OR buy it out. it is terrible what things are coming to.
  • by Kay Location: coolbth on Jul 30, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    I would like to help, I have a dmsnnler 3 bedroom place in Canfeet. We could make arrabgenebt uf she siukd choose to purvhase the unit. lots of renovation, and decent living exoenses. 480.00 monthly and we can talk purchase if she likes, That includes lot rent, water,sewer, trash, electric % heat, Call Kay 315-2640 anytime
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