Eviction action taken on 10 more FLDS homes

Hildale City Hall building, Hildale, Utah, Feb. 6, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

HILDALE – Eviction proceedings continue in Hildale on properties occupied by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Thursday, eviction documents were filed in 5th District Court against 10 more Hildale homes on behalf of the United Effort Plan Trust. Thousands of dollars in delinquent occupancy fees and property taxes are owed on each home.

Thursday’s filings bring the total number of residential evictions in Hildale to 24 so far. Eviction proceedings were previously carried out on 14 Hildale homes in 2014.

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The 10 homes listed in Thursday’s eviction filings are located on Willow Street, Redwood Street, Lauritzen Street, Utah Avenue, Hildale Street, Field Avenue, Jessop Avenue, Williams Avenue and Carling Avenue.

Hildale Avenue street sign, Hildale, Utah, Feb. 6, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
Hildale Avenue street sign, Hildale, Utah, Feb. 6, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

In the cases of two of the homes, the original occupancy agreements were made between the UEP and people who are now deceased, according to court documents. The occupancy agreement on one of the properties was forged between the UEP and local marshal Hyrum Roundy. In the cases of many of the homes, the UEP is not sure who or how many people are currently occupying the properties.

In the case of each home, the residents have not communicated with the UEP since 2008 and have not made occupancy payments, according to court documents.

The occupancy fees – $100 per month for homes under the oversight of the UEP – were instituted in January 2008. In June 2014, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg ordered eviction proceedings to commence against people living on UEP held properties who were not paying their occupancy fees.

Prior to Thursday’s court filings, each of the 10 homes was served first with a 10-day notice to pay or vacate followed by a notice to quit. Home occupants were ordered to return house keys to Bruce Wisan, special fiduciary of the UEP Trust. None of the occupants of the homes have complied with that order.

The UEP Trust was created by the FLDS church in the 1940s but was reformed by Utah’s 3rd District Court to administer housing solutions and benefits to trust members.

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