Squatters Sell Texas Woman’s Belongings At Yard Sale

Daily Report March 30,2024

According to a report in the New York Post, Squatters turned a Texas woman’s home into a drug den and sold her belongings at a yard sale, but police said they couldn’t do anything about it.

The woman, identified as Terri Boyette, was in Florida caring for her sick mother when a friend called to tell her someone had moved into her Dallas-area home.

According to the outlet, Boyette had previously hired workers to renovate her house, but after she left, a painter had broken in and wrecked the place, leaving crack pipes in her oven and needles in a drawer.

Her properties were also destroyed beyond repair or sold. Boyette’s bed was moved to her backyard, a bike and scooter had been put in her shower, and trash and dirty dishes were scattered throughout her home.

It took Boyette six months to have this squatter removed, as squatter’s rights laws protect them.

“All my stuff has been sold through the yard sale and online, Boyette said. “Apparently, he was letting people rent from him.”

According to Daily Mail, before Boyette traveled out of the state, she told the workers they had to leave, but the squatter broke in and refused to vacate the premises.

After she was informed of the squatter, she called the police to report the break-in. But the police told her that because her unwanted visitor had been there for more than ten days, she had to get attorneys involved.

“We had to send the thirty-day notice, so he gets the thirty-day notice that he’s going to be removed. And he got another thirty-day notice that had to expire,” Boyette said. “After I sent those, I got a court date in December, and when I went before the judge, the squatter didn’t show up, of course, so she granted the eviction.”

The squatter was eventually served with his final eviction notice on Feb. 6 and was formally evicted on March 20.

On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation to enhance penalties for squatting and allow cops to swiftly remove people from private properties.

“We are putting an end to the squatters scam in Florida,” DeSantis said. “While other states are siding with the squatters, we are protecting property owners and punishing criminals looking to game the system.”

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