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    Donors want to help Cindy Amrine.


    Teagan Sherr and her sisters have boxed up family mementos as they prepare to be homeless. A bank worker reportedly will offer some cash for the keys to the house.


    Cindy Amrine's daughters play with the family's two dogs , which face an uncertain fate when Bank of America ousts the family from its Citrus Heights home. Four cats are also part of the household. Foreclosure was postponed once while a short sale was pursued.


    Lauren Amrine, left, wipes away tears while telling how her part-time job helps pay family bills. She's joined by sisters, from left, Teagan Sherr; Kristin Sherr, at rear; and Megan Amrine. Bank of America foreclosed while backing a short sale.

Citrus Heights family gains eviction delay till July 31

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013 - 9:20 am

A mother and four teenage daughters who lost their Citrus Heights home to what they claim was a wrongful foreclosure auction now have until July 31 to find a new house.

Cindy Amrine said Tuesday that the Southern California property management firm that wanted her out last Saturday has extended a move-out deadline until the end of next month.

The mother and daughters – ages 13, 15, 18 and 19 – expected to be homeless last weekend, with nowhere to store a lifetime of belongings, after a bitter divorce, Amrine's inability to find a job, and her ex-husband's failure to pay child support.

Bank of America foreclosed on Amrine's home and sold it at auction April 22, even as it worked with her to conclude a short sale, she said.

A lawsuit filed last week in Sacramento Superior Court claims the bank's behavior violated the state's new "homeowner bill of rights."

Today, the four-bedroom house, in a quiet leafy neighborhood, is owned by a Santa Monica investment fund called ColFin Ai-CA 5 LLC.

The family initially won a week's reprieve from the fund's property manager, Strategic Property Management of Burbank. Then the firm agreed to give them another month.

The story of the family's plight resulted in an outpouring of aid from Bee readers.

Two individuals said they would pay six months rent each.

But Amrine said she's having a hard time finding a house to rent. Property managers have told her that her lack of a job and poor credit means she is ineligible to rent a home even if she can pay months of rent up front. "They don't want prepaid," she said.

Amrine said she has had to pay $30 or $40 for each rental application – a burden for someone living on public benefits and food stamps.

Some landlords have asked for a rental application fee for each member of her household over 18, potentially tripling the fee for each application, she said.

She planned to look at more houses in the next few days.

"It's hard, but I'm trying," she said.

Call The Bee's Hudson Sangree, (916) 321-1191.

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