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Florida businessman leaves Madison renters vulnerable

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MADISON (WKOW) -- While it may be little consolation to her, Madison renter Jesi Felton is not alone in being surprised by a foreclosure against her landlord, Allan Beauchaine.

A lengthy list of foreclosure actions have been filed against Beauchaine, of Clearwater, Florida.

A number of his tenants, including Felton, said they were not told at the time of lease signings their properties were in foreclosure.   State law requires such notification of renters.

As reporter Jamie Hersch chronicled Wednesday,  Felton was assured the foreclosure process would not affect her or her housemates.   They had made all rent payments.   But Felton said sheriff's deputies gave them fifteen minutes to collect belongings and vacate when authorities arrived this week.   Felton is now living in a hotel.

Nick Rymut told WKOW27 News he only found out the Madison property he was renting from Beauchaine was in foreclosure when a bank officer showed up at the front door.

Rymut said he's uncertain of his future tenant status, although Beauchaine's recent loss of the property has improved conditions for Rymut and other tenants.    Rymut said Beauchaine duped his housemates into paying rent to Beauchaine last month, even though ownership of the property had already changed hands.

In 2007,  Dane County's treasurer initiated foreclosure proceedings against Beauchaine in connection with twenty Madison rental properties and six-figure property tax delinquencies.  

Officials said Beauchaine made some payments.   But Treasurer David Worzala estimated limited liability corporations with ties to Beauchaine still owe more than $50,000 in back taxes.

A WKOW27 News reporter both called and e-mailed Beauchaine seeking his comment, but there's been no response to date.

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