Alright, first off, I'd like to say I feel sorry that the old lady had to see people rummaging through her belongings and taking them at will.
Secondly, I'd like to say that I'm in a family that owns rental property, so I've seen evictions happen in the past. When you file an eviction
notice, the individual has approximately 30 days to appear in court (here in Illinois) so their case can be heard in front of a judge. Before the
eviction can actually take place, the eviction papers are filed and approved by the judicial system and the tenant is then sent a 5 day notice of
eviction. If the person does not vacate the unit within those 5 days, the property owner then needs to file additional paperwork and wait another 1-3
weeks until a County Sheriff is available to supervise the landlord removing their property so the landlord doesn't intentionally destroy property to
be vengeful on their ex-tenant. During this time, the landlord is losing money and there is no recourse to secure it (thank god for security
deposits... part of the reason landlords ask for "first and last months rent")
For those of you who are intelligent enough (which I'm sure the vast majority of you are) to perform basic math, she had approximately 45 days notice
prior to her actual eviction (if not more), to drop about 20 bucks on a U-Haul and have her "friends" who were "worried sick about her" move the
items to a safe location.
It's not exactly like this lady was just tossed out on her butt one day, and if anything, I would fault the police for not doing their job of
protecting her belongings during the eviction process.
I wouldn't even necessarily fault the people here because how were they to know what was actually going on? I've picked up furniture from the side
of the road on garbage day when I was in college and even after (actually kind surprising what people will throw out... I've still been known to grab
nice lamps or picture frames
). Some of them may be just as needy (I know that the early 90's BMW 7-series was sited, but you can buy them for
under $8K easily now...), or be struggling as much as she is and they saw an opportunity.
Honestly, the only person I REALLY feel bad for here is the landlord... It looks like a nice area. Here in IL, rent would be about 1000-1400 a month
for a 1BR with den apartment in that type of area... the landlord is probably out about $5000 total after the court proceedings, rent that needs to be
missed in order to file papers, paperwork and legal fees, and he still has to fix up the place and try to rent it in a market that favors home
This lady had tons of friends to help her and could have easily protected her belongings by... I don't know... moving them out when the courts
ordered her to about a month ago?
Sorry if I sound like a jerk here, but honestly, she broke a lease agreement and probably had ample time to prepare for this... It's kinda like
asking me to feel bad for people who went bankrupt in the AR mortgage crisis because they were dumb enough to buy a 700,000 house on a 45,000 salary
(actually happened with a bus driver in NV)...
Anyway, I've dropped my 2 cents so I hope you don't flame me here. Just pointing out that she's not the only person suffering and could have easily
done things to protect her belongings.