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Florida Homeowner Finds Family in Her Home the Night Before Closing

November 28, 2012 Posted by kingcade

Florida has seen its fair share of squatters in vacant homes since the Housing Market Crash, however Michelle Pinder found herself in court with the family living in her deceased mother’s home. The night before Pinder was supposed to close on the sale of her mother’s home, her realtor stopped by to do a final check on the property to find a woman, her daughter and a man living in the home. Ibet Flores Castano, the woman living in the home, presented a lease she signed to rent the home from a man who claimed to own the property. The landlord’s name, phone number and address were all fictitious and Castano claimed she paid the man in cash.

Since the family claimed to have rented the property and has the lease agreement, the judge is hesitant to prosecute the family for any wrongdoing. Legally the family has 40 days before they must vacate the property, however Pinder’s buyers are threatening to walk away from the deal due to the 40-day period and the strange circumstances. By law, citizens in Florida are allowed to take ownership of an abandoned home under two circumstances. First, they must pay taxes. Second, they must have permission from the property’s owner.

To read more on this story visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/09/michelle-pinder-finds-squatters_n_2100174.html

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