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Linn County to resume evictions, foreclosures

**FILE** An auction sign rests in front of this foreclosed home in Shaker Heights, Ohio in this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 f
**FILE** An auction sign rests in front of this foreclosed home in Shaker Heights, Ohio in this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 file photo. The city of Cleveland, an epicenter of the nation’s home foreclosure crisis, has sued 21 banks, claiming their subprime lending practices have created a public nuisance that hurt property values and city tax collections. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, seeks to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, including lost taxes from devalued property and money spent demolishing and boarding up thousands of abandoned houses. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office will resume evictions and foreclosure sales May 27, the county said Monday.

Gov. Kim Reynolds halted evictions and foreclosure sales in an emergency order March 20. Linn County is “operating under the assumption” Reynolds will not extend the order past May 27, the county said in a news release.

Foreclosure sales will occur outside the Linn County Sheriff’s Office on 310 Second Ave. SW to maintain social distancing.

Five foreclosures sales are scheduled in Linn County for May 28, the first day after the order expires. The county has five more sales scheduled in the first week of June.

A Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Brad Kunkel said Johnson County will also resume evictions and foreclosure sales if the governor’s order expires.

Reynolds said in her daily briefing Monday she is looking at “a couple of different scenarios” with the Iowa Economic Development Authority to avoid a wave of evictions once the order expires.

Bob Mitchell, treasurer of the Landlords of Linn County and owner of about 20 rental units, said he doesn’t plan to evict anyone when the order expires unless someone “tries to take advantage of that” and goes several months without paying rent.

“I don’t have any issues with my tenants,” Mitchell said.

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