Monday, June 10, 2013
Squatters swatted from vacant Plano home
"For sale" does not mean "abandoned" last time we looked.
PLANO Maybe we need to get over this whole “possession is 9/10ths of the law” mentality, because some folks are taking it way too far.
In another case of a home on the market getting some unexpected tenants, Jack Brewer, 74, and his wife were arrested at the home of Jeff and Melissa Nunn after trying to assume ownership of the home, claiming it was abandoned and using a rule that hasn’t worked so well in the past.
According to the story from WFAA, the Brewers had binders full of sensitive personal documents from the Nunns, including their recently filed divorce decree, which, by the way, was why the Kings Ridge home was vacant (not abandoned) in the first place.
The Brewers even went so far as to tape a notice on the window of the home claiming it was abandoned and that they were taking possession. But when neighbors noticed strange folks moving into the Nunns’ home, they reported them. Smart neighbors!
Police are puzzled though, considering the amount of information the Brewers had. Could this be a bigger plot to seize homes? All this happened while the Nunns were readying their home for the market, which leaves me wondering — how do you protect a vacant home on the market from squatters and thieves?
I’m thinking a good security system is a start, as well as keeping your neighbors in the loop. Agents, how would you prevent this from happening?
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