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Alvin and Pat Tjosaas, who have been married for 56 years, lost three generations worth of their belongings when a contracted foreclosure crew accidentally broke into the wrong house. The Tjosaas had no mortgage on the house that Alvin had built with his dad as a teenager.
Subcontractors hired by the bank broke doors, smashed windows and stole valuables while foreclosing the couple's vacation home near Twentynine Palms.
“Good news, we know who took it: Wells Fargo. Bad news, the stuff is all gone,” Alvin Tjosaas told CBS Los Angeles.
“The way it’s been going, I don’t think they really care. That’s the way it’s been for three months. Now, all of a sudden, it’s you guys,” Alvin said in an ABC interview, referring to the media. “Now, all of a sudden, they call me.”
when a contracted foreclosure crew accidentally broke into the wrong house.
Originally posted by deckdel
Bulldozers and contractors do not just push in and level the place.
Thus, it is very important to:
1) call the police (any thug can claim to be "contractor" and pick-up the stuff)
2) Require contractor to show paper, which gives them authority for the action. Record who is the party, who gave them the job.
3) Assure all the details of the contractor, preferably with the presence of the police, and require contractor to sign any paper showing their business, date and description of the action they claim to have right to perform. Preferably ask the police officer to act as a witness to the paper.
4) Explain all the parties, the bank does not have any ownership, nor do you have any liabilities for the bank.
5) Ask the contractor, which actions have they taken to assure, the information they have received (from the bank), is correct. Do they have any claim from the bank? Record any answer they have in the report above. I.e. a) did they verify the job order was legit (if not, you will sue them also), and if so, which verification did the bank provide.
6) If you a lawyer call him to the spot. If not, get one, and sue the contractor, and the bank. Require not only compensation for the direct damages, but also loss of value, hardship created, and emotional damages.
Originally posted by tamusan
reply to post by ldyserenity
I expect I wouldn't go down to the bank and bash their heads, in the past or present. That seems like jail time to me, and I've always chosen the path which leads not to jail.
There is no way to determine the fair amount of compensation owed for this negligence. Just the trauma caused to these 50+ families is substantial, and it is apparent the perpetrators do not care.
edit on 9-9-2012 by tamusan because: (no reason given)