Friday, August 30, 2013
An Elegant Estate Sale, a Houston area estate sale company, is accused of selling a family’s mementos and keeping the cash.
Charles Francis hired the company to sell his deceased parents’ possessions from the home they lived in for 43 years. The contract stated Francis would be paid 10 to 30 days after the sale. Two months have passed and Francis still hasn’t received the uncertain sum.
Francis received a text after the sale saying he was owed $11,820.37, but two weeks later, another text was sent saying it was instead $5,832.45. When contacted for comment, owner Rena Head stated Francis was owed a mere $1,300.
The contract gave Head a 35% commission on gross sales after subtracting expenses like advertising and cleaning. On top of waiting for his money, Francis has learned that both Head and her husband have criminal records.
See Amy Davis, Estate Sale Company Under Fire for Allegedly Keeping Cash, Click 2 Houston, Aug. 23, 2013.
Special thanks to Ryan Kellus Turner (General Counsel & Director of Education, Texas Municipal Courts Education Center) for bringing this article to my attention.