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Erin Eberlin

The 2.5 Million Dollar Squatter

By January 28, 2013

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Residents in a community in Boca Raton, Florida are not very happy with their newest neighbor. A home on their waterfront block had been foreclosed on. For 23-year old, Andrea De Paula Barbosa, this was the perfect opportunity to move in.

Barbosa filed an adverse possession claim. This law dates back centuries and was actually developed to allow farmers to use land that had been abandoned. According to the law, if Barbosa is able to pay the bills and taxes on the property, in seven years, he could be the owner. Bank of America has filed with the court to try and get Barbosa evicted from the property.

With the number of foreclosures, adverse possession is a law that needs to be amended as soon as possible. It is an absurd notion that someone can break into a property and potentially become the new owner because they have followed some defunct law. It is also a waste of everyone else's time and resources having to go through the proper legal measures to evict the individual.

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