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Chicago woman says stranger moved into home up for sale refuses to leave; police says she must go through court

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Chicago-A Chicago woman said she was selling her home, but shortly afterwards, a stranger moved in and refused to leave.

When Daniel Cruz called the police, they said there wasn’t much she could do.

Now she can barely see the property.

“It only regains the energy that is bad for me,” she said.

Cruz said he was proud when he bought the house and even more proud after the home remodeling. She was excited to sell it.

She said last month a contractor came to repair an unoccupied house and noticed someone inside.

Cruz was told that all locks were also changed.

“I honestly thought he was joking because I knew the house was vacant. My husband completely repaired the house with his own money,” Cruz said. “So we show up with a policeman, and there is a young woman with all her belongings.”

According to Cruz, the woman told police that she saw an ad for her house online, signed a monthly loan with a so-called landlord, and paid $ 8,000 in advance.

Cruz said she had never met the woman and had never lent her property. Cruz wanted the police to ask the woman to leave, but that’s a civil issue as she showed her officers a debt.

“Unfortunately, they couldn’t prove she was trespassing. We have to go to court and follow the eviction process,” Cruz said.

Cruz’s neighbors were eager to chime about the situation.

“Well, I don’t like it. It’s stealing and it’s not right,” said neighbor Chiron Bo.

Another neighbor, Quintara Smith, said, “No one wants to come back and someone lives in real estate.” “It’s scary, that is, it can happen to anyone.”

“I definitely feel a violation,” Cruz said. “As I said, we may not live here, but it’s still our property. I own this house.

But as the story is strange, Chicago real estate lawyer Mo Dadkhah says it’s not uncommon.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve heard it before. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more common,” said Dadkhah.

Dadkhah said two scenarios are possible. One is that someone could have invaded the house, pretended to be the landlord, and lent it illegally. Or, in the second scenario, an insider moved in, created a fake debt and presented it to the police.

“So, generally speaking, squatters have to come up with a way to show some sort of inhabitant,” said Dadkhah. “So I heard a lot of stories-a forged lease in the name of the landlord, I saw a forged lease in the name of the realtor.

“But when someone enters the property at midnight, no one can see them entering the property and they have debt on hand. Well, police officers can’t judge-they are judges. No-(if) it’s a fake debt, a fake signature, or a forgery. “

Dadkhah said that in most cases, similar to the situation in Cruz, police would refer homeowners to the currently highly delinquent peasant eviction court in Cook County, Illinois.

“This process can take 6, 12, or 18 months,” he said.

But there is another option for homeowners to consider: cash for keys.

“And a pill that’s hard to swallow to give money to someone who stays illegally in your property and refuses to leave, but $ 1,000 or $ 2,000, or what that number causes them to leave Everything has to be considered cheaper than for a long time to run. “

Cruz said she was willing to negotiate with the woman to solve something, but she was willing to talk to her.

“As you know, we’re trying to live the American dream,” Cruz said. “They say their property, you know, we’re trying to offer it to our family, and this happens, and it makes you don’t want to own anything. It’s not worth it. “

The Chicago Police Department said that only the Cook County Sheriff’s Office could carry out the eviction of peasants, and the Sheriff’s Office said that only the police could prove whether the law was broken, but this does not happen. rice field. Therefore, Cruz would have to take the woman to court and wait for her house to be sold.

To prevent this from happening to you, legal experts will constantly check your vacant house, install a camera, call the police if you find someone invading your house, and you If you see something unusual happening in your house, ask your neighbor to call you.

The sister station WLS-TV’s I-Team has contacted a woman who lives in Cruz’s house. She said she would get a lawyer to help, but that hasn’t happened.

Statement of Cook County Sheriff’s Office

The sheriff’s office is responsible for expelling people from their homes if they fail to pay their rent or mortgage. There are clear civil proceedings that individuals follow when that happens. When someone breaks into a house left to the local police station to enact a law, they violate and pursue it as a criminal case.

Chicago Police Department Statement

Officers responded to calls for trespassing by criminals in residences located above. Upon arrival, the owner of the dwelling associated with the individual was in the house. Officers contacted an individual in the dwelling related to meeting an unknown man who claimed to be the landlord of the dwelling. She also said she signed the loan and paid her deposit before she received the key to her residence from an individual who claimed to be the landlord. The police officer who responded advised the owner of the house in the peasant eviction procedure.

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