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Hemet residents in foreclosure limbo

by Rob McMillanKABC-TV Los Angeles
September 28th, 2009

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HEMET, Calif. (KABC) -- A Hemet neighborhood with a history of financial woes was in even more trouble Monday night. Almost every apartment unit on the 500 block of Mobley Lane has gone into foreclosure. And residents say they're being told to leave, even if they've paid their rent.

On Mobley Street in Hemet, most apartment homes are abandoned, gates are padlocked, mailboxes are empty, because almost every unit has gone into foreclosure. Even tenants who've paid their rent in full have been asked to leave.

"We pay our bills, and it's just not right that the person who's supposed to be paying their bills isn't doing it," said resident Crystal Walker.

But for Walker, it's even worse. Many of the units have different owners, and most residents have been paid thousands of dollars for the trouble and they've moved on. But for Walker says she's heard nothing.

"We haven't been told anything, no notices, nobody's come to the door and there's always someone home," said Walker.

And she says two other families are going through the same problem.

"It's very scary, we've never received an eviction notice, so we just keep waiting, wondering what's going on," said resident Diane Kesselmark.

Just last week, residents claim they were told their water, electricity and garbage will be shut off, and they claim they haven't even been given an eviction notice.

Eyewitness News called Trilar Realty, the former management company. The company claims it's no longer its responsibility. The company stepped away a month ago, as soon as the banks foreclosed on the properties. And with no management company, who do these folks go to?

"Very frustrating," said Walker. "What can you do? We're going to sit here and wait, and see what happens. There's been one gentleman who bought the property over there, and he told them they could stay. We're hoping they do that with us, but we don't know."

So while most families have moved on, others are stuck, not knowing who the owner is. Not knowing which bank is foreclosing. Not knowing whether the roof over their heads today will be the same one they're under tomorrow. 

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