The Biggest Eviction in California

The biggest eviction in California

LACPP.com completed one of the biggest eviction in California history in 2012. The eviction was covered by KTLA.

The occupant of a bank owned property in Van Nuys CA had not make payments for 4 years. The bank pursued a foreclosure and processed to evict the occupant. At the time, there were 5 families living in the property, for a total of 18 people and 5 dogs.

The occupants installed makeshift fences made out of pallets. The makeshift fences were over 10 feet high. The occupants put signs saying that his rights were violated.

The occupant, who was good with social media, used Facebook and YouTube to gather supports. The occupants had threatened the governor, the district attorney, LAPD, Sheriff. He threatened that he would reach out to his supporters on social media to have thousands of protesters at his property. At times, the occupant had up to 100 protesters at the property.

Preparation

This biggest eviction in California took the efforts from the city attorney, LAPD, Sheriffs, the asset company, attorneys from 2 law firms and Los Angeles County Property Preservation.

We were to:

  • Remove the 10 feet makeshift fence made from pallets surrounding the property.
  • Move all items, personal properties, furniture and clothing to a storage facility.
  • Install a 10 feet city approved chain link fence with 10 feet opening. The 10 feet opening is an entrance for fire trucks, in case of a fire.

We were instructed to show up to the Sheriff department at 3:00 am. We arrived at 2:30 am. At 3:00 am sharp, a sheriff deputy came out to greet us.

The Sheriff ordered a lockdown for the whole block of the property. The Sheriff stopped all people who tried to gain entry to the property in support of the occupant.

The Sheriff department had been doing surveillance on the house from a helicopter. They knew how many people and dogs were in the house, how many were sleeping or awake.

LACPP waited for the Sheriff’s signal.

Operation

At about 3:40 am, a fleet of armored vehicles left the Van Nuys Sheriff department. There were about one hundred Sheriffs in suburban tactical gear, several cars, buses, armored vehicles. They were securing the house and surrounding streets. Animal control was present to take care of the dogs in the property. The whole block was barricaded.

At about 4:05 am, LACPP crew was ordered to proceed to the property. Our crew of 18 included:

  • 2 junk haulers for the debris and makeshift fence
  • 6 professional movers
  • 4 fence installers
  • 2 truck drivers for U-Hauls to move personals properties
  • 1 professional lock smith to gain entry to the property
  • 1 video person and 1 photo camera person to document the process.
  • 1 person to help and facilitate the job
  • I was there to supervise the process and communicate with the asset company and attorneys.
Remove the pallet fence

The occupant created this 10 feet makeshift fence from pallets.

Clean up the outside
Clean up the inside

Los Angeles County Property Preservation removed the pallet fence, removed all personal properties and furniture and cleaned up. We installed a new fence. We installed the padlock on the new fence and finished the eviction at 10:00am.

After clean up

LACPP removed all personal properties and furniture. The property was empty and clean, ready for staging and sale.

The storage facility

Personal properties from the house were moved to this storage facility.