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Humans of New York puts a face to foreclosure troubles

But not in the way you might think

In a recent Facebook post on the online photo diary, Humans of New York, a man is pictured claiming to “help and maintain properties for absentee landlords.”

In the human’s recent post, he says that part of his job is to get “professional squatters” out of buildings vacant from properties that are from landlords who own one or more properties or even properties in which landlords live out of state.

He also states that while some squatters know their way around the legal system and live in homes illegally, landlords are having to either follow the legal system, which can be quite expensive or hire people like him.

He goes into detail about a man who has been living rent free in an old building for six years. A man who he describes as well dressed, always polite and professional. While he's been offered $80,000 to vacate the premises, the squatter still wants more…

Ah, the joys of working foreclosures in judicial states.


“I help maintain properties for absentee landlords. I think most people imagine landlords to be rich guys on Long…

Posted by Humans of New York on Monday, March 21, 2016

Here are a few comments from the Facebook post.

Callum Lawton He's asking for more than $80,000 on top of a good life while homeless people on the streets are asking for a couple of pennies here and there. He is dressed in greed, while those sleeping on the streets are dressed in the only clothes they have… Makes you sick.

Corey Haskell I'm glad this guy shared some truly important information that people need to know. PAY a property management company to handle your properties if you're out of state.. especially if you're not putting time into it. Always sign a lease and never allow someone to get mail to your house, and or stay more than a week at your residence without a lease.

Bikesh Dahal 6 years of free rent in NY and he is being offered 80,000. Even if you take 1,000 for a month, this guy made 150,000.

Stephen Fitzpatrick The problem with laws is that they are usually not based on morals or ethics, more often than not they are based on capitalist ideology and thus open to interpretation and abuse.

Bruce Chanen The essence of law and society is cooperation. We give up certain freedoms to end anarchy. Émile Durkheim (the father of sociology) said, "When norms are sufficient, laws are unnecessary; when they are insufficient, laws are unenforceable." We live in a world of growing disregard for cooperative traditions and well-intentioned laws get ignored or are abused for personal gain. This goes all the way to Washington D.C. and Wall Street. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, "We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws."

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