Homeowner sues Jefferson Co. claiming they sold his house without notice

Thomas Kallies Nov. 22, 2013, 11:37am

Charles Kirkwood filed suit in the District Court of Jefferson County on Nov. 12, naming W. Properties LLC and Jefferson County as the defendants.

Kirkwood filed a writ of review after his property was allegedly sold at a sheriff's sale without adequate notice. 

According to his filing, Kirkwood is the owner of a property located at 2356 Briarcliff Drive in Beaumont.

In January 2012, Jefferson Co. allegedly filed suit to collect overdue property taxes but named Sara Gleason, the previous owner, as the defendant.

Kirkwood acknowledges that his property taxes were in arrears but says he was never notified that the house would be put up for sale, since Sara Gleason was the named defendant in the lawsuit.

Kirkwood claims that in August 2010 the property was sold without his knowledge to W. Properties LLC.

Kirkwood says Jefferson County should have known he was the owner of the property because it was titled in his name, and they should have notified him about the lawsuit and the sale. Instead, Kirkwood claims he found out about the sale when W. Properties LLC asked him to vacate.

Kirkwood now wants to void the sale and get his property back.

Kirkwood is asking the court to vacate the judgement, void the Writ of Execution and grant an injunction to stop W. Properties from taking any more steps to remove Kirkwood from the property.

He is being represented by attorney Eric L. Rhodes.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

District Court of Jefferson County Case No. E194-967


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the District Court of Jefferson County. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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