Mpls. homeowner must post $50,000 bond to avoid eviction, judge rules

Originaly by Abby Simons: Embattled homeowner needs to post a $49,940 bond by Monday. Her supporters may try to block the eviction

A Minneapolis woman who has battled eviction could be forced out of her house as early as next week unless she can post a $50,000 bond.

Although negotiations between Rosemary Williams and GMAC Mortgage still are underway, Hennepin County District Judge Lloyd Zimmerman ruled Thursday that Williams must post a bond of $49,940 by Monday.

Public plea for donations

If Williams does not come up with the money, GMAC could obtain an eviction notice as soon as Tuesday. Williams and her supporters made a public plea for donations. Meanwhile, they vow to try to physically block the eviction and face arrest.

“We are absolutely outraged and think this is a violation of all her rights as a citizen,” said Cheri Honkala, an activist for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and a friend of Williams. “This $49,000 determines whether she has a right to due process.”

Honkala said “hundreds” would show up at the home to protest and try to prevent an eviction. Williams’ home in the 3100 block of Clinton Avenue S. was sold in September as part of a foreclosure begun after she fell behind on payments on a second, adjustable-rate mortgage.

“Nuisance property” suit

After Williams, 60, failed to leave the house by March 30, GMAC went to court to have her evicted. Williams’ attorneys fought the eviction, but on June 18 Judge Zimmerman granted GMAC summary judgment.

Separately, last month, the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) and 17 of Williams’ neighbors filed a lawsuit contending that if Williams is forced out, her home will become another nuisance property in the neighborhood.

Zimmerman dismissed the suit, saying that because Williams lives at the property, all allegations of nuisances are hypothetical and that the plaintiffs failed to prove any “wrongful conduct” by GMAC.

In a statement, GMAC spokeswoman Jeannine Bruin said because Williams intends to appeal, she cannot discuss the ongoing court matter.

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