Prudential Sierra Nevada
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
GREEN Designated Agent
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
I'm sorry to hear about what happened in your childhood home. That is quite disturbing!
Unfortunately, it happens all the time. Here is the problem:
Can someone prove, beyond a reasonable doubt in court, that the "vandalism" occurred before the foreclosure was final?
If the foreclosure was not final, then the owners still owned the home. You can do just about anything to your home short of setting it on fire and it is not illegal. As long as it does not cause a danger to life, there is not much a court of law can do. If it was after the foreclosure was final and the owners had been evicted or served an eviction notice, then yes, they can be prosecuted and be fined, made to pay for damages, and/or serve jail time.
As Lynn said, it would be up to the lender (now the new owner) to decide to press charges. I know this doesn't help you much.
Because it's more than real estate. It's RAYL-Estate!
Brian Rayl, REALTORÂ®, e-PRO, SFR
Keller Williams Elite - Dallas, TX