Squatter has court date

The squatter’s dream may soon be coming to an end in Flower Mound.

According to Denton County documents, Flower Mound resident Kenneth Robinson, who used adverse possession to move into a home in the 2200 block of Waterford Drive after the home’s owner had left the home in foreclosure, was served with an eviction notice on Friday, issued from Bank of America.

Bank officials stated that it has claimed the house he has lived in since July 2012.

An adverse possession is law that allows an individual to take over a foreclosed home by filling out appropriate paper work and meeting certain criteria. There are certain requirements that come into play, such as the individual must take actual and exclusive possession of the land. The possession must be open and not concealed from the public.

“We completed the foreclosure sale on Jan. 3,” said Diane Wagner, a spokesperson for Bank of America. “We are now proceeding with the eviction process. There is a hearing on Feb. 6.”

County records indicate the home is valued at $340,000.

Since Robinson moved into the home, there have been various reports of other squatters in the Metroplex being arrested for doing the same thing, including one in Mansfield.

Robinson was never arrested, however, because the process he followed was legal.

“Whether we agree with it or not, there was a process in place, and he followed it,” said Capt. Kurt Labhart said. “There was no criminal activity we could take action on. He filed the necessary papers with the court, and once that was done, he adhered to the process.”

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