Squatter Rights

Heidi Peterson left her Detroit home empty for a year, and when she returned, she says, she found a woman, Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair, squatting there. The woman refuses to leave, and apparently you can't just kick someone out who's squatting. You have to go to court, prove you own the property, and then get an eviction order. So now both women are living there together.

Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair, for her part, says she's not squatting. She insists she has a lease. [Yahoo! News]

Whatever the case may be, the experience certainly qualifies Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair to occupy the highest office in the land and squat in the White House for four years. So she's campaigning as a write-in candidate for President, and wants your vote. That's her below, posing with George Washington. Remember her name on election day!

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 16, 2012
     Category: Law | Politics | Strange Candidates

Maybe squatters rights should be publicized so people can start taking over some of the empty homes banks have repossessed and then done nothing with in cities. The houses sit with no upkeep till they become run down enough to tear down. It would serve the banks right if people took the hoses over and it cost them an arm and a leg to kick the people out.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/16/12 at 10:22 AM
With all the abandoned properties around Detroit why can't Blair find some other place? I think Peterson is dealing with a really disturbed woman.

And what's with the "lease" that Blair claims. Shouldn't it have expired by now? Any place I leased had some clause in it that declared an expiration date and also some clause for justification of eviction, like changing appliances and structure.
Posted by KDP on 10/16/12 at 10:36 AM
You'd think that in Detroit, of all places, that there would be a quick and easy solution.

Squatters' rights should end with a bang!

Query: Who's the one being billed for the city/county/state tax on the property?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/16/12 at 11:22 AM
Expat, the tax question popped into my mind. I wish I knew more of the details of property law. Is it usual practice that the name on the property tax bill would be the owner of the property, unless it is for some tax shelter kind of arrangement? It would make answering the question a lot easier.
Posted by KDP on 10/16/12 at 03:53 PM
There are WORSE places She could have chosen! :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 10/16/12 at 05:26 PM
Maybe.... the 'squatter' shold be made to 'vanish'; thereby solving the problem. (It's what I would encourage.)
Posted by Fix the Problem on 10/16/12 at 08:48 PM
Why not use a "stand your ground" law and legitimately murder the woman? Or is Detroit not that idiotic to have such outrageous laws?

The UK has had enough of squatters and recently introduced new laws to prosecute them. About time really, squatting is a theft by posession really.
Posted by dumbledoor on 10/17/12 at 05:36 AM
"Stand your ground is a idiotic & outrageous law"? Wow! Some ashhole is breaking into your house and you're not allowed to blow his sorry butt away?

(For the PC police)
"Stand your ground is a idiotic & outrageous law"? Wow! Some ashholette is breaking into your house and you're not allowed to blow her sorry tush away?

Tell me this, please, when did the law change that made it illegal to protect ones selves and their property?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/17/12 at 09:27 AM

It became illegal when we started giving the criminals more rights than the victims. The criminals are really just disadvantaged and misunderstood from disadvantaged childhoods don't cha know?
Posted by DM in a room with soft walls on 10/18/12 at 09:13 AM
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