Catherine Spearnak 3:30 p.m., March 6
Chula Vista's Alleged Foreclosure Scams
Chula Vista Council member Rudy Ramirez will use his monthly public office hours to discuss "an alleged housing scam where foreclosed homes are being rented out by a company that does not own the properties."
At the January 24 city council meeting, impassioned residents and real estate agents warned council members that "something was going to happen, some one was going to get hurt." Residents allege that one company in particular takes over foreclosed houses, rents them out, and then doesn't even pay homeowner association dues. Speakers claimed that over 40 reports have been filed with the Chula Vista police.
Since going public with this activity, residents and real estate agents assert they have been the victims of threats. One speaker told council members that he had even taken out a gun permit.
Some speakers urged the city to apply pressure on the banks that own the foreclosures. City Attorney Glen Googins said he has confirmed that there is an ongoing district attorney investigation into this matter.
In a February 5 interview, council member Ramirez said this problem is principally happening in the eastside of Chula Vista, in the Rolling Hills and Eastlake areas. Ramirez hopes that community members will bring their concerns to Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, tonight, February 6 @ 6:00pm.
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