Delinquent couple’s housing unit seized by court-appointed officer
November 22, 2014
A Pitkin County Court-appointed officer has taken control of a delinquent couple's housing unit, leaving the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority one step closer to selling the unit and turning it over to a new owner.
Since summer 2013, the housing authority has been in sporadic communication with Trevor and Rose-Marie Nelson about lack of occupancy, unauthorized renters, unpaid dues and foreclosure. A foreclosure notice from July states that the couple has an outstanding principal balance of $207,582.
Aspen's housing lottery winners Kevin and Mary McClure have waited months to purchase the Category 4, three-bedroom unit located at Little Ajax Condominiums on West Hopkins Avenue. On Tuesday, there was a moving truck outside the unit, and qualifications specialist for the housing authority Julie Kieffer said the Nelsons were retrieving possessions and vacating the property.
The Nelsons could not be reached for comment.
Tuesday's move resulted from a Pitkin County Court order issued by Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely on Oct. 29, which granted possession of the property to court-appointed officer Jack Kloenne. Kloenne has the ability to rent the now-vacant property and any subsequent income from the unit would go toward Kloenne's compensation and other debts accumulated by the Nelsons, according to the filing. Additional costs include maintenance, repairs and attorney fees.
Kieffer said the unit is still under contract with the McClures, adding that it's both parties' intention to move forward with the sale. However, there is still the issue of unsettled liens and clearing the title. Documents from the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder's Office show that the couple has accumulated $103,198 in unsettled federal tax liens since 2010.
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"(The Nelsons) objective is to sell the property," Kieffer said, adding that the McClures are "definitely still interested in buying."
As the sales contract is not public record, Kieffer could not say realistically when the sale might go through. She also said the housing authority is unaware if the Nelsons are still living in town.