According to the Houston-based KHOU TV station, Kenneth Robinson moved into a house previously under foreclosure for a year, located on a well-manicured prestigious block in the town of Flower Mound. The former owners were forced to leave after the house went into foreclosure, but then the mortgage company also went out of business.
Robinson took advantage of a little known law called adverse possession that allowed him to move in and own exclusive bargaining rights with the previous owner. If he’s able to stay within the property for three years, Robinson will take full ownership by being awarded the title.
Adverse possession was created to allow someone to move in and prevent an abandoned home from falling into disrepair. The website http://adversepossession.com promotes the practice, even pointing to the possibility of doing it in Canada.
Robinson told the Texas TV station that until he wins the title, he doesn’t expect the mortgage payments to be made by the previous owner, nor does he expect an expensive legal battle with the existing mortgage holder, which would force him out. Until then, he’s been living without electricity or water due to the lack of deed, but the reward after three years seems worth it.
“This is not a normal process, but it’s not a process that’s not known,” Robinson told KHOU.
Neighbours, however, are not happy, calling Robinson a squatter who should be forced to pay for the house.
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