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Union City landlord charged with burglary, theft after evicting tenant

By David Wildstein, February 21 2021 5:00 pm

A landlord who evicted a mother of two from her apartment and deposited all her belongings into a dumpster has been charged with burglary, theft, and unlawful eviction by the Union City Police Department.

Ron Bello, an attorney who lives in New York, is connected with JCL Realty Holdings, a Jersey City real estate rental management company, now faces criminal charges after an investigation by Union City detectives.

The eviction left Milka Camposano homeless as she returned from an overseas trip to care for a sick relative.

Bello also faces civil charges after Mayor Brian P. Stack had the Union City Tenant Advocate filed a lawsuit against the landlord.

Among other things, Stack referred to Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order that prohibited eviction proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic

Superior Court Judge Marybeth Rogers ordered Camposano to get her apartment back and has set a trial to determine damages for March 25.

“The building owner’s actions are inexcusable and unjust and I am confident that we will prevail in this matter. No one deserves to be evicted without proper notice, have a building owner or landlord enter their apartment without their knowledge and have all of their possessions removed,” Stack said. “It is unfair and unacceptable, and a clear message must be sent to all owners and landlords that it will not be tolerated.”

Union City Police said they found residential furniture and black garbage bags behind the building on Bergenline Avenue.  They have been able to return some items of monetary and sentimental value to Camposano.

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