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SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES sign the PETITION to STOP Scams Theft Failure to pay Contractors - Tell Safeguard Properties to MOVE ON
Submitted by Gone Fishin on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 09:40.
*** UPDATE ***
Illinois Attorney General’s Action Against Wrongful Foreclosures May Be First of Many
Whistleblower Attorneys are seeking information relative to Safeguard Properties alleged illegal tactics. MORE HERE http://whistleblower-quitam-attorney.net/wrongful-foreclosures/
our website to set up a confidential,e. We have experienced whistleblower attorneys who are prepared to discuss your claims and help you determine the best way to protect your rights throughout the legal process.
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES is well known across the country for ripping off contractors and for stealing from property owners that are delinquent with their mortgage payments.
Thousands of complaints from contractors who allege that SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES does not pay them after their work was completed, and from property owners who allege that they have lost their family photos, heirlooms, furniture, clothing, and all of their belongings.
If the property owners are 45 days late with their mortgage payment, Safeguard Properties can enter their homes in an attempt to "safeguard" the mortgage holder's interest - minus any foreclosure filing.
Some states have non-judicial foreclosures. If you own property in one of the non-judicial foreclosure states and sign the mortgage contract, no court intervention is required:
In non-judicial foreclosure states, the right to foreclose and sell the property actually lies with a 3rd party, known as the trustee; who has a fiduciary responsibility to both the lender and the borrower.
When you purchase a property, ownership is transferred to you using a document known as a deed. When you take a loan (in a non-judicial foreclosure state), you sign a deed of trust, which gives this third party trustee the right to sell the home if you fail to make payments. This power of sale is what makes non-judicial foreclosure possible.
Properties owners across the country come home to their occupied homes only to find locks changed and windows nailed shut.
All of their belongings are gone. Often stolen by Safeguard Properties contractors or by simply dumping the family's belongings in a dumpster.
NO court order. NO foreclosure filing.
Lawsuits against Safeguard Properties have been filed in numerous states regarding the theft of property.
The Huffington Post wrote a recent story regarding Safeguard Properties:
Safeguard Properties Internal Documents Reveal Rampant Complaints Of Thefts, Break-Ins
Outside in the world, Safeguard Properties was supposed to be protecting millions of homes that had slid into foreclosure, shoring up and repairing abandoned properties for the banks that were responsible for tending to all this real estate gone bad.
But inside the offices of Safeguard’s complaint department, Kevin Kubovcik says he gained a starkly different perspective on his company's pursuits as allegations of incompetence, malevolence and larceny rolled in day after day.
People with legal title to their property called to complain that Safeguard contractors had broken into their homes and carted off family heirlooms, valuable artwork and weapons, he recalled. People living next door to foreclosed properties complained that Safeguard mixed up the addresses and locked them out of their own homes.
Complaints came in seemingly without end. "I'd pick up the phone, put it down, and then it would ring again," Kubovcik said.
A recent Huffington Post investigation focused on Safeguard as the largest player in a little-scrutinized industry spawned by the American housing bust: the contractors tasked with the gritty work of maintaining a veritable empire of distressed real estate. Safeguard has been the target of dozens of lawsuits alleging that its contractors have wrongly broken into properties and carted off people’s property.
According to contractor complaints, NO background check was performed on contractors until just recently.
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES is the largest mortgage service provider in the country. Let's end their scam now.
There are many petitions circulating the web demanding that Safeguard Properties be held responsible for their crimes.
It would be more beneficial for those circulating petitions to have one single petition with as many signatures as possible, and to also include serving the petition on the mortgage companies who hire Safeguard Properties as the 'middle man'.
Please sign the PETITION and demand that Safeguard Properties MOVE ON and end their scam of destroying the lives of property owners and the contractors that are not paid for their work.
Safeguard Properties has hired many contractors and neglected to pay 90% of them, such as us who made up Markham Contracting, a small business owned and run by my father until he was forced to close it due to the financial burden Safeguard Properties placed us in. From not paying us our money, to giving us run around calls and hostility every time we inquired, and where then charged back if they decided to make up a new policy, or didnt like something. They are middle men for big banks pocketing our hard earned money, and taking the money from the big banks and throwing hard working people out on the streets. We must stop this corporate abuse!
Not only do they neglect their contractors, but they also have abused homeowners rights. They have thrown people out on the street.
Making sure "Safeguard Properties" is held accountable
LINK to PETITION here http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/making-sure-safeguard
This petition will be revised to also include serving the petition to all major mortgage companies who contract with Safeguard Properties.
*** Inquiring minds need to know, why are Cuyahoga County officials insisting on giving the politically connected SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 100's if not 1000's of taxpayer's property MINUS any competitive bidding? ***
SCAM ALERT Safeguard Properties + Forest City = Slavic Village Recovery - First House 'donated' by the County Land Bank
The Cuyahoga County Land Bank has started the process of giving Safeguard Properties & Forest City (Slavic Village Recovery LLC ) up to 50 houses- with the possibility of 100's more.
*** UPDATE ***
We are currently seeking other homeowners who were wrongfully evicted from their homes by Safeguard Properties or one of their vendors. Most states have a consumer fraud law that prohibits a banks and property managers from illegally breaking into one’s home, changing locks, falsely telling homeowners they can’t return and from stealing one’s personal possessions.
In addition to homeowners who may have become victim to Safeguard, we are also seeking to talk to vendors or contractors who have knowledge of Safeguard’s practices.
For more information or to see if you have a potential claim, contact attorney Brian Mahany at brian [at] mahanyertl [dot] com or by telephone at (414) 704-6731 (direct). All potential client inquiries are protected by the attorney-client privilege and kept in confidence.
Post by Brian Mahany, Esq.
Another complaint relative to SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES:
STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF COMPLAINT OF
THE NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING ALLIANCE; MIAMI VALLEY FAIR HOUSING
CENTER; FAIR HOUSING CENTER OF CENTRAL INDIANA; TOLEDO FAIR
HOUSING CENTER; HOPE FAIR HOUSING CENTER; AND SOUTH SUBURBAN
FAIR HOUSING CENTER
AGAINST SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES
The National Fair Housing Alliance, Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, Fair Housing
Center of Central Indiana, Toledo Fair Housing Center, HOPE Fair Housing Center, and South
Suburban Housing Center (collectively, “Complainants”) bring this complaint based on
Respondents Safeguard Properties LLC and Safeguard Properties Management LLC’s
(collectively, “Respondents”) racial discrimination in their maintenance of foreclosed homes in
violation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq. (“FHA”).
Confronted with a national foreclosure crisis, Complainants have turned their attention to
the maintenance and rehabilitation of foreclosed properties in an effort to ensure that all
communities are being treated equally by those responsible for maintaining foreclosed properties
and preparing them for resale. Far from equal treatment, there are significant disparities in the
maintenance of foreclosed properties in communities of color compared to White communities.
Respondents are Field Service Vendors (FSV) that have contracted with Fannie Mae to
provide property maintenance services at Real Estate Owned properties (REOs) owned or
controlled by Fannie Mae. Respondents have engaged in a pattern of discrimination through
their selective fulfillment of their FSV responsibilities based on race. Specifically, Respondents
maintain Fannie Mae properties located in White census tracts noticeably better than they
maintain Fannie Mae properties located in predominantly African-American and Latino
neighborhoods in the same metropolitan area. Respondents have engaged in such discriminatory
conduct in communities across the country, including Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana;
Chicago, Illinois; and Charleston, South Carolina.
The result of the Respondents’ unlawful behavior is deteriorating and neglected
structures in minority communities, as compared to well-maintained, attractive properties in
White neighborhoods. Respondents’ conduct has impeded neighborhood stabilization and
economic recovery, and harmed investors, homeowners, and municipalities by unnecessarily
depressing property values.
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