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CapitalSource fbo Aeon Financial puts property owner in GRIDLOCK
Submitted by Lily M. on Sat, 01/26/2013 - 22:20.
ERIC BOOKER is tired of the fight over his property located at 11001 Avon in Cleveland, Ohio.
Booker purchased this property in 2006 and spent approximately $12,000 making interior repairs.
Unfortunately, Booker experienced financial issues which caused him to become delinquent with property tax payments. In 2008, Cuyahoga County sold out Mr. Booker and 2,628 other property owners in Cuyahoga County via the delinquent property tax lien sale to CapitalSource fbo Aeon Financial Services.
In 2009, Aeon Financial decided to cash in their lien and proceeded to file a delinquent property tax foreclosure case against Eric Booker.
According to Booker, officials from Aeon Financial informed him of the foreclosure, told him to stay out of the property, and eliminated his access to the property.
Eric Booker accepted the loss of his property and walked away. He received the foreclosure papers from the court and assumed - based upon the foreclosure filing and eliminated access to the property - that the property was no longer his. The property that he paid a large sum of money for and made substantial repairs to was gone.
Or so he thought.
Unbeknownst to Booker, the 2009 tax foreclosure case filed by Aeon was dismissed due to a technicality. Booker is still the legal owner.
The property that Booker believed he lost in a foreclosure has been brutally vandalized , deteriorated, and left to rot.
In 2011, Mr. Booker found out the hard way that he was still the owner of the property. Mr. Booker received a court summons to appear in Cleveland Housing Court for the numerous violations on the property. Anything of value to the property is gone. The interior has been vandalized, stripped of anything worth taking , and the exterior is literally falling down. The property is condemned:
Booker was held responsible for the property and fined $4,000.
He explained the situation to Cleveland Housing Court and on July 19, 2011, Booker signed an "Intent to Donate" form to donate the property that he thought was no longer his to the county's land bank.
Representatives of Aeon Financial received a notice to appear in court since they were lien holders. Aeon failed to appear in court to address the issue.
On October 19, 2011, the court issued a subpoena to order Aeon to attend the court hearing. The court wanted Aeon to consider releasing the lien on the property so that Mr. Booker would be released from his liability and have the ability to donate the property to the county land bank so the property could be demolished.
Mr. Booker left the 2011 hearing believing again that all was well. Booker left with the impression that Aeon would sign off on the lien and donate the property to the county's land bank. According to Booker, the judge told him that he complied with the court, the court suspended most of his fine, and sent Booker on his way.
However, Aeon refuses to release the property tax lien and donate the property to the county's land bank.
After the October 2011 hearing - and with direct knowledge of the property's condition - Aeon filed another property tax lien foreclosure case against this property on September 26, 2012. This case is pending.
Eric Booker is again active in Cleveland Housing Court over this property and is on probation until December 1, 2013.
This property is an eyesore and a threat to the public's safety. It is a nuisance property that has been vandalized and is unsafe for the community.
Aeon refuses to release their lien so that the county's land bank can demolish the property.
Aeon is insisting on foreclosure and wants this property to add to their 'portfolio' so they can continue to get loans with dilapidated property as collateral. They don't care about the condition of the property or the effect on communities. Aeon only wants to look financially sound on paper. It is impressive to own 243 properties in Cuyahoga County- even if they require demolition. As long as the investors are unaware of the property's condition, loans will continue to flow.
I informed Mr. Booker about Aeon's ownership of 243 properties in Cuyahoga County and their lack of paying their own delinquent property taxes. Booker shook his head in disgust.http://realneo.us/content/cuyahoga-county-officials-look-other-way-while-aeon-capitalsource-tax-lien-thieves-rob-prope
I then asked Mr. Booker for his thoughts regarding the fact that black property owners are the primary victims of the property tax foreclosures in Cuyahoga County. Mr. Booker lowered his head and looked at the ground.
The following link details every single property owned by Aeon Financial, along with property taxes owed to Cuyahoga County. Out of the 243 properties owned by Aeon, nearly every single property is located in minority concentrated neighborhoods located on the east side of Cleveland, East Cleveland, and eastern suburbs. Research shows that although properties located on the west side of Cleveland also have delinquent property tax issues, these property owners are not experiencing the same loss of property and facing the same penalty. http://realneo.us/content/cuyahoga-county-officials-look-other-way-while-aeon-capitalsource-tax-lien-thieves-rob-prope#comment-33752
And this is not the first tax lien company that has a greater foreclosure impact on black property owners. The following link is relative to Plymouth Park Tax Services, a tax lien company which purchased tax liens from Cuyahoga County from 2004 thru 2008. Plymouth Park Tax Services also failed to pay their delinquent property taxes and maintain their property obtained via delinquent property tax foreclosure. The following link details their ownership of 89 properties in Cuyahoga County with nearly every single property located in minority concentrated areas in Cleveland's east side, East Cleveland, and eastern suburbs. http://realneo.us/content/plymouth-park-tax-services-aka-xspand-cuyahoga-county-victims-corruption-deserve-justice#comments
It is my belief that there are possible civil rights violations relative to the sale of delinquent property tax liens and the foreclosure process.
Eric Booker wants to be left alone. Aeon has denied Booker access to this property even though the property is not legally owned by Aeon. The foreclosure case is still pending.
Aeon needs to quit taking advantage of Cuyahoga County, pay their own delinquent property taxes, maintain their own property, and release the lien on Eric Booker's property.
This property is dangerous to the community and needs to be demolished immediately. Mr. Booker wants to do the right thing and donate the property to the county land bank.
If you are a victim of CapitalSource fbo Aeon Financial in Cuyahoga County ONLY and desire to share your story, and/or a victim in OHIO ONLY and have any documentation to prove that Aeon attempted to charge any fees in excess of 18% interest or over $2,500 in attorney fees for foreclosure filings, please call (216) 386-6546.
*** Documentation of any excessive fees charged by CapitalSource fbo Aeon Financial is desperately needed. ***
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