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JULY 18, 2012 1:42PM

Summer money drought brings eviction

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I remember the morning well. I was headed over to the next town to get a haircut and I passed two sheriff deputy's cars headed into my neighborhood. "Something's up this morning!" I said to myself.

Haircut appointment completed, I headed back to the ranch and found the destination of the two squad cars. The two deputies were at a house near me, which also had about five other cars parked in the road which had never been there before.

About an hour later I drove by to see what was up and it was more a case of what was out. Everything in the house was strewn and stacked in the front yard. All of the cars were gone except for one. I said to myself "I guess the family will be back with a truck to pick this stuff up." The truck never came and the furniture and assorted possessions sat through several rainstorms over a week's time until one day a garbage truck arrived and roughly half of the furniture and items were loaded into the truck and crushed. The other half apparently met the same fate, but I wasn't around to witness it.

I don't have the full story about this eviction, but I believe the family of four had been renting the house. Surprisingly, they had been evicted from another house about three years earlier which they were also renting and in that earlier situation I knew the owner who was renting to them. Apparently, after almost eight years of paying their rent on time they simply stopped and it took nearly half a year to evict the family and I believe the owner never collected any back rent at all.

We have not experienced any severe shortages of rain in our region that approach other parts of the nation, but the area has seen its share of foreclosures on a scale never seen before in the half century I have lived here. For the individuals involved in evictions, there is clearly a "money" drought.


 My photo of the house taken several days after the eviction proceedings:







 Story and photo are © 2012 by B+Co., Inc.



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This drought is the one I know well, here in Greece, we have this kind of issues, each house has to deal with major economical issues, and to be honest, in these times, I can only ask where are the '' for the people '' politicians. I am guessing in their summer vacations, taking a tan... Thank you for this, it is a global, social issue, the money drought.
Them suddenly not paying, them just leaving, all the belongings, garbage trucks. It's like they (and everyone else) just walked away from their lives and everything in it.

There are so many scary and bizarre things about the post and photo I don't even know what to say. Life as we all knew it is suddenly very different.
Ohmigosh, I have seen some of those around here in Austin. You always wonder what the backstory is.
Powerful post here John.
I think a lot of the stuff that we now take for granite will be gone in the not to distant future. Progress? Nah~
Whoa, and not exactly a "shack" either...
This is a different take on "drought," but it's apt. Equally sad too.
Oh Lord. We just evicted a squatting (non-paying...and belligerently so) tenant from our son's house. It was so unpleasant and made me queasy, even though he was an asshole. Throughout the process I was grateful that he didn't have kids. That would have made kicking him out intolerable.

We did get an education on landlord/tenant laws and the ineptitude/disinterest of the court system. We're out close to $4000 mostly due to our own "niceness" in giving him more time to pay and the court's delays (Judge was on vacation for two weeks!) and unwillingness to grant a landlord any credit for being kind. Lesson learned!...If you have a tenant late on rent, you must start eviction proceedings immediately. (We never intended to be landlords. We purchased a home with our son with the understanding he would live there. Now our son is in...well...somewhere in the Pacific on a sailboat with plans to staying in NZ or OZ for the foreseeable future.)
This drought has been going on in one place or another for nearly a decade.
A lot of displacement and a lot of tragedy in this post. It was a nice looking house, too. It is happening one bit at a time that no one has the whole picture. R and Zumapick.
I too wonder about the back story, how do you just walk away and leave everything...disgust, embarrassment, no way to move stuff? I worry for the future of us all.
Ha! I love the way you thought this out, D. R
Wow. I've seen this many times and it ain't pretty.
l'Heure Bleue,

Thank you very much for the great comments here!! It was also interesting to read the various anecdotes that several of you have related here, as well. The house currently has a for sale sign up. I am still taken aback by how much was simply discarded. An organization that takes in furniture could have been contacted regarding some of the furniture as opposed to it all ending up in a landfill!
This post just puts the fear of God in me.
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