As Americans inch toward what could be an avalanche of evictions brought on by pandemic-related job losses, at least one startup is seeking to capitalize on the nation’s misfortune.
Civvl, a “property preservation” firm with reported branches in all 50 states, is hiring people to join its “eviction crew.” The company has posted job listings all over Craigslist seeking workers over the age of 18 to help it “secure foreclosed residential properties,” according to the ads.
“There is plenty of work due to the dismal economy,” Civvl says in the listings, as first reported by Vice’s Motherboard. “Unemployment is at a record high and many cannot or simply are not paying rent and mortgages.”
The company promises clients that it will post notices on people’s doors, move their items to the street and assist with “standby extractions.”
“Too many people stopped paying rent and mortgages thinking they would not be evicted,” Civvl says on its website.
The listings seeking workers across much of the U.S. including Nashville, Tennesee, Sacramento, California and Charlotte, North Carolina were posted within the past two weeks. Civvl is also looking or gig workers in Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida and other places.
The role promises up to $125 per week. People with smartphones must be willing to undergo a “minimal background check” and “complete orientation quickly online.”
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The Craigslist ads come six months into the pandemic after the nation’s workforce has been crippled by stay-at-home orders and attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
On Sept. 1, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ordered a moratorium on evictions for people earning less than $99,000 a year in a move that made it illegal for landlords to push out tenants who can’t afford to pay rent over the next four months.
Health officials have issued the order under the 1944 Public Health Service Act, which gives the government a broad suite of quarantine-related powers.
The moratorium runs through Dec. 31.
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