The new startup Civvl calls itself the "Fastest growing money making gig due to COVID-19." Like Uber interrupted the taxi and transportation industries with contracted gig workers who can make money at their own pace with no employment security or benefits to fall back on — Civvl aspires to bring that same ingenuity to the, uhh … checks notes … eviction industry?
The company is currently hiring workers to provide services as serving papers; posting notices; cleaning out foreclosures; and eviction extraction assistance (read: kicking people out on their asses) for banks, realtors, landlords, property managers, plaintiffs, courts, and estates. 'Cause why defund the police when you can just outsource their work to gig economy subcontractors?
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In its Craigslist ads, posted across the country, Civvl explains the opportunity plainly: "There is plenty of work due to the dismal economy."
"Unemployment is at a record high and many cannot or simply are not paying rent and mortgages," the ads state. "We are being contracted by frustrated property owners and banks to secure foreclosed residential properties."
Civvl aims to marry the gig economy with the devastation of a pandemic, complete with signature gig startup language like "be your own boss," and "flexible hours," and "looking for self-motivated individuals with positive attitudes:"
Ironically, Civvl's website currently links all of those aforementioned services to a dummy page on a test site for a charity that builds shelters in Zambia. I'm pretty sure this is not intentional but oof.
Civvl: Process Services & Property Preservation
Gig Economy Company Launches Uber, But for Evicting People [Ashwin Rodrigues / Vice]