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This home is a foreclosure but the owners have stripped the entire kitchen. Can the bank prosecute?

  • Question refers to 37630 Glenmoor Dr, Fremont, CA 94536
  • April 19 2010
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You may be interested in this story about a seller who stripped his $1.2 M home of everything. The story said:

"Police said McCuskey, a former mortgage broker, admitted to taking virtually everything that wasn't nailed down, and a few things that were, including: lights, window cranks, baseboards, ceiling and window trim, cabinets, countertops, vent covers, closet shelving, doors, tub and shower fixtures, toilets, sinks, vanities, shower doors, carpeting, locks and handles for outside doors, a Jacuzzi, benches, garage doors, side doors, garage windows and outside wall fixtures....

McCuskey argued that he did not know it was against the law to strip his home. He said he thought the home – which was collateral in a loan he defaulted on in October 2004 – was his until the sheriff's sale.,"

He was ordered to jail.

Read the story here

This is not an isolated case. There are other documented stories, but I think this is enough to get the point across.
  • June 10 2010
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I've only heard about banks prosecuting a few owners, so it's not common. Are you thinking of stripping your kitchen before the bank takes it?
But seriously, it is legal to take anything that's not attached, including a free standing stove/oven unit. But I have seen many of these stripped kitchens, I don't agree with that action.
 ~ Barry Ripp
www.barryripp.com
  • April 21 2010
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