Texas Squatter With $16 McMansion Kicked Out After 8 Months

Kenneth Robinson was finally expelled from the $ 340,000 house he had lived since June for $ 16.

Robinson, 51, lives in Waterford Drive in Flower Mound, Texas, but does not own or want to rent a house in which he claimed he had a right to live, then the owner left the property, which has been in foreclosure over a year, and mortgage companies made a reported fee of $ 16 at the local courthouse, having the law of "adverse possession", which gave him the right to occupy the house.

However, a judge in Denton on Monday ruled that the current creditor, Bank of America, can force Robinson out.

Robinson became a local celebrity class, writing e-books and create a website, near the house where he lived for about eight months. On the site, said: "I am successful because I see no other way."

After the judge's decision, told the Associated Press he was transferred to end what he calls "a great learning experience." Prosecutors add to anyone hoping to emulate Robinson.

Adverse possession is a common law concept that developed in the 1800s. Luke A. Ferrara, a partner at Newman Ferrara, City of New York real property law firms, put in place to ensure that adverse possession of the property is not abandoned. " Maintained and monitoring "is required publication of the notice, the public is clearly a man on the property - the court filing - and someone who will stay there for a specified period, usually within 10 years.

After the time requirements are satisfied, Robinson's world will have the opportunity to take a clear title to the property. Meanwhile, the original property owner can fight the action, but is expensive. And since the house was abandoned, it is possible to implement the original owner of a costly legal battle to recover. Mortgage holders will have to fight the court action.

A growing number of abandoned homes due to mortgage crisis has resulted in a small buzz around the idea of ​​evil.

A spokesman for the National Association of Realtors, however, said that adverse possession is not common or the radar screen of the congregation.

However, a quick Google search, however, many websites seem to want to teach anyone how to do what he did Ken Robinson.

In, for example, for only $ 39.95, the "average person" can learn to "take up valuable space for free." The site takes steps to ensure that Robinson has a potential that is not harmful squatting. "Squatters," the site says, "is unfortunate and negative terms used to describe a person illegally occupying vacant property or other real estate." And do not occupy the abandoned house wrong with profit, in accordance with the site. "Make the environment a favor."

Robinson, a former neighbor saw the situation differently. He was later taken first in, told local press that "If he [Robinson] wants a house, buying a house like others ...."

And Ferrara said, "the notion somewhat anti-American can take someone else's property without paying for it .... After all, even the government must pay for your property if you decide to take you. "

David DeCosse, director of campus ethics programs at the Center for Applied Ethics Santa Clara University Markkulla said that while Robinson may have the right to do what he did, is not always the right thing to do.

Some of the great moral thinkers as Thomas Aquinas, who said DeCosse, argues that in cases of extreme urgency, it's okay to do something like take-out food store because the food is intended to support and fulfill human needs . OK so who steal under certain circumstances. But if there is an emergency, "which offends our morals," said DeCosse. "What could be legally permitted is not necessarily morally right."

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