Foreclosure victims get class on rights

March 14, 2009 6:25:04 PM PDT
Homeowners and tenants of foreclosed properties in Oakland got a free education Saturday about their rights.

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A group called United for Change held a free foreclosure workshop at Merritt College and it was a packed house. The workshop offered tools and resources to help people with a variety of bad situations.

A lawyer with the Oakland City Attorney's Office was also there to talk to renters about tenants' rights, which covers most properties.

"What that says is that you can't evict good, rent-paying tenants for no reason. And, foreclosure alone is not a just cause. So, if you have a tenant in good-standing paying their rent, complying with the terms of their lease, you can't just evict them because the property's been taken over by a bank," explained Sheena Wadhawan.

Just this past week the City of Oakland sued several major banks and mortgage companies claiming they illegally tried to evict tenants in foreclosed buildings.

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