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Church home premises evicted by mistake

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A pastor said the house on his church property was cleared of its contents by mistake. He said a property management company that oversees a home on the same street raided their church house instead.

According the tax assessor's office, this home is owned by Holy Zion Pentecostal Church but Homefinders Reality a property maintenance company says their client owns it.

Bishop Frank Wilson, Jr. and his wife Gwen says everything was fine for church this past Sunday but just days later all the furniture in the house where they hold bible study was sitting on the front lawn.

"There was church equipment, tools, musical equipment. It's all gone," said Gwen Wilson. 

A notice in the window said the Chatham County Sheriff's Office had evicted the premises. The Wilsons said the church owns this home and they never received any type of notice.

The Wilsons said people from Homefinders Reality helped clear out the house.  They manage property for a man who lives in South Carolina. According to Homefinders, they were evicting their client's home because they believe squatters were living there.

They told WTOC their client owns 2221 Mell Street, but that's not the address to the home that was evicted. WTOC's Elizabeth Rawlins put the address into her GPS and it took her to the property next door.

"Did Homefinders tell you that they made a mistake?" asked Rawlins.

"They did tell me that, but they did not take ownership for that mistake. They told me that the tax assessors are the ones at fault," said Wilson.

But the tax assessor's office confirmed the Homefinder's client owned a different property down the street and that the Wilsons are the rightful owners of this home. Now, they are wondering where the system failed.

"We just want to know who will take responsibility for this," said Wilson.  

The warrant for the eviction was issued in magistrate court. WTOC has reached out to them as well as the Chatham County Sheriff's Office about how this could have happened. We are still waiting to hear back.

Homefinders said they are meeting with the tax assessor's office next week to try to get to the bottom of this.

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