Safeguard Properties, the nation’s largest property preservation provider, is being sued by the state of Illinois alleging that the company violated the Consumer Fraud Act by illegally dispossessed occupants from their homes without proper jurisdiction.

According to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan claimed that Safeguard Properties locked homeowners out of their housing units even though they weren’t supposed to, removed personal property from homes, and shut off all utilities despite clear evidence that homes were legally occupied.

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