• Petitioned Detroit, Michigan State Court

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Detroit, Michigan State Court

Change "Squatter Laws" to protect legal owners of property from squatters.

    1. Joseph Lynam
    2. Petition by

      Joseph Lynam

      Santa Cruz, CA

Read this story, this woman and her child are in grave danger from what is obviously an unstable woman...
Heidi Peterson could not believe what was in her Detroit home when she returned after being away for a year.

A woman named Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair was living there.

Blair refuses to leave the home, and Peterson doesn't have the means go elsewhere.

In a bizarre twist involving legal issues, both women are living in the same house: owner and alleged squatter.

"She thinks that this is a program in Detroit to take people's homes and fix them up, and then she gets to keep them," Peterson told MyFoxDetroit.

Peterson said Blair changed the locks, replaced the appliances and reworked the plumbing in the older home. Peterson purchased the home in the historic Boston-Edison neighborhood of Detroit for $23,000, she said. She left last year when it was in need of repairs.

Blair, a former tenant at Peterson's house, said she was evicted in February 2011. "We had to vacate because the boiler was damaged," Blair said. "I took all my books and my writings, but my (furniture was) still left in (there)."

Blair says she is not squatting and has a lease.

While a squatter has no legal right to the property, the homeowner cannot remove a squatter by force, MyFoxDetroit reports. In this case, as in many others, Peterson must prove she is the rightful owner of the property in civil court and then seek eviction.

In the meantime, Blair and Peterson are living under the same roof.

The video clip from MyFoxDetroit showed Blair had placed personal photographs along the fireplace mantel and changed the curtains in the house.

Peterson expressed concern about safety for her and her 1-year-old daughter.

"I don't know what her capabilities are," Peterson said. "We're afraid of her mindset of entitlement."

Blair, who is a write-in candidate for president, said, "I'm an advocate for affordable housing. That's a part of my campaign," she said."I signed an oath pledging that I would fight for affordable homes."

Squatting has been an issue in Detroit. One family recently bought a dream home on the city's west side only to find it stripped of copper, appliances and plumbing—allegedly by squatters.

Similar stories can be found around the country, including in Littleton, Colo., where squatters staked their claim on a vacant house.

In Detroit, Peterson will continue to press her case in court, but in the meantime the unusual living arrangement continues.

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    • carolyn peoples EASTPOINTE, MI
      • 10 months ago

      Currently a squatter is living in my mother house. I am going through the civil process of removal. My mother is a senior with demenita and was totally taken advantage.

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    • Latonya Rice DETROIT, MI
      • 10 months ago

      I have had this happened to me and I lost my property

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    • Pamela Dombrowski MACOMB, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is a travesty when people take over your home and you as the owner have no rights. It costs thousands of dollars toget them out and many more thousands to replace abd/or repair ehat they have sold or damaged. Homeowners must have rights to what they own. The squatter should pay for ehat they have taken from the homeowner whether it be rent, danage or parts of the home they have sold.

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    • r d MADISON HEIGHTS, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      Why is this imI found an african american mother and daughter family living in a house I bought. They just broke open the doors, changed the locks and occupied the house as though it belonged to them. I called the police and knocked at the door. They lied that they had signed a lease with the seller on craigs list. They refused to leave. They got all utilities turned on . It's been 4 months since they encroached. They are still there. I am paying for all the utilities. They have put a "for sale" sign outside the house, stating that all the appliances that were included, furnace and everything one can think of, was for sale. I am filing an eviction writ. The lost rent, utilities, repairs, appliances , lawsuit etc. will end up cisting me almost$20,000.portant to you?

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    • Leanne Jackson PONTIAC, MI
      • almost 2 years ago

      People need to get out and work for what they want, instead of taking what is not theirs.

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