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Creditor Held in Contempt of Court for Violating Automatic Stay

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Kingcade & Garcia’s Motion Granted, Creditor Required to Cease and Desist all Eviction Proceedings Until Further Order of Court

Miami, FL(January 24, 2018) A Florida judge signed an order today holding creditor, IH5 Property Florida LP with GP IH5 Borrower GP LLC, more commonly known as Invitation Homes, in contempt of court for intentional violation of the automatic stay. Miami bankruptcy attorney, Timothy S. Kingcade’s client filed a Chapter 7 petition on November 30, 2017. Despite having notice of the bankruptcy filing, on December 5, 2017, the creditor, Invitation Homes, proceeded to file an eviction action against the client. Attorney Kingcade filed a motion to hold the landlord in contempt of court for violating the automatic stay. The motion adequately showed that Isamar Alers of Invitation Homes had actual knowledge of the bankruptcy on November 30.

"The landlord in this case disregarded the automatic stay put in place that protects bankruptcy clients from harassing debt collector calls, wage garnishment and repossession of property. We are extremely pleased with this victory for our client today. This landlord was wrong and thought the laws of bankruptcy code did not apply to him," Managing Partner, Timothy S. Kingcade said.

The Order directs creditor, Invitation Homes to immediately cease and desist all eviction proceedings until further order of the court. The creditor is also required to pay attorney’s fees (on or before February 12, 2018) in the amount of $1,200 for Kingcade and Garcia having to bring forth the motion to enforce the automatic stay and protect the client.


Miami-based Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. was established by managing partner and bankruptcy attorney, Timothy S. Kingcade in 1996. The firm represents clients throughout the State of Florida in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and foreclosure defense cases. The firm is committed to providing personalized service to each and every client, clearly explaining the options according to the unique circumstances of his or her life. The office environment and the service provided are centered on a culture of superior client care for the financially disenfranchised. All partners and associates at Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. specialize in consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure and have dedicated their practices to this area of the law. Additionally, all attorneys and staff members at the firm are bilingual speaking Spanish.

Contact: Kristine B. Snively of Pristine PR at (954) 376-3683, or via e-mail at kristine@pristinepr.com for Miami Bankruptcy Attorney Timothy S. Kingcade.

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