A SWAT team evicted a grandmother from her home in New York last week, and also arrested six foreclosure activists at the same time, HuffPo reported.
Catherine Lennon lived with her children and grandchildren in Rochester, and said she was “willing to make mortgage payments” to Fannie Mae but Countrywide/Bank fo America “refused to accept her checks because the property was not in her name.”
Her husband, who was the legal owner of the home, died three years ago but hadn’t written a will.
A legal battle ensued and a protester group called “Take Back The Land-Rochester” (TBTL) — a group “dedicated to fighting foreclosures and making mortgage companies renegotiate loans under some circumstances” — tried to block police from getting into Lennon’s home on the day they arrived to expel her, according to HuffPo.
BofA responded to the media furor, saying Lennon’s mortgage had become delinquent after she fell behind on payments, and was already delinquent when the bank acquired Countrywide in 2008.
Fannie Mae said it “made several attempts to help Lennon,” according to the Democrat and Chronicle.
But TBLT said that while the Lennon was delinquent she had “not only met with the Housing Council, the local HUD approved mortgage counselors, but attempted to engage with Bank of America,” which refused her attempts to “her attempts to pay and efforts to negotiate modifications to her mortgage.”
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