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Meet the 23-year-old squatter who's moved into palatial $2.5MILLION waterfront mansion in Florida
The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 25 2013 | SNEJANA FARBEROV

Posted on 01/25/2013 5:27:04 AM PST by Uncle Chip

Andre Barbosa can safely say that he has one of the nicest homes on the block in Boca Raton, Florida. But the 23-year-old Brazilian national does not own or even rent the palatial $2.5million estate legally - he is a squatter.

Barbosa, originally from the neighboring Pompano Beach, moved into 580 Golden Harbour Drive in July Now he is threatening to use an obscure real estate law that allows people to claim a property as their own if they stay there for seven years.

No one witnessed Barbosa breaking into the 7,522-squae foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom waterfront home, so he cannot be arrested.

And Bank of America, which foreclosed on the house, so far has done nothing to evict the 23-year-old and reclaim the property.

Other residents in the tony part of Boca Raton where most home sell for upwards of $1million want something done about the unusual living arrangement.

Next-door neighbor Lyn Houston told the Sun-Sentinel that she had approached Bank of America last week with an offer to buy the foreclosed house that Barbosa has been calling home, but she has received no response.

‘We're all going crazy, trying to figure out what to do,’ she said. ‘It's unbelievable that it can be done. Plus, if they've got the balls to break in the house, what's to prevent them from coming over here?’

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barbosa; florida; realestate; stealestate

1 posted on 01/25/2013 5:27:19 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

“No one witnessed Barbosa breaking into the 7,522-squae foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom waterfront home, so he cannot be arrested.”

Not sure that’s an accurate statement. I live in NE Fla. This happens here occasionally and every time it does our sheriff escorts these scumbags to the iron bar hotel.

IIRC to do what this guy is doing he must pay property taxes on the property he’s squatting in.


2 posted on 01/25/2013 5:35:33 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Uncle Chip

If he can verify that he’s been there seven years (phone, electric, etc) then give him the house.


3 posted on 01/25/2013 5:39:22 AM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: V_TWIN

this is another example of what we are importing here along with the illegal riff raft, their codes of legal.

You are correct about NE Florida, Duval Cty, would have him out on his backside but then again this is not south florida, comprende? Besides it is social justice. The various immigrant panderers and social agencies and ACLU would probably stand behind him, unless one of them lived on the same block.


4 posted on 01/25/2013 5:42:21 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Uncle Chip
Just hand him the property tax bill. He’ll be gone.
5 posted on 01/25/2013 5:42:36 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Uncle Chip
No one witnessed Barbosa breaking into the 7,522-squae foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom waterfront home, so he cannot be arrested.

No one witnessed OJ commit murder -- so why the heck did they bother to arrest him????

6 posted on 01/25/2013 5:43:32 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: palmer

He moved in when he was 16??????????????


8 posted on 01/25/2013 5:49:36 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: palmer

He’s been there 6 months


9 posted on 01/25/2013 5:50:58 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Uncle Chip

That can not be. That is just nuts.


10 posted on 01/25/2013 5:52:23 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: nuconvert

If he can hold out for 78 more months, he’s got it made!


11 posted on 01/25/2013 5:53:05 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: The_Victor
“Just hand him the property tax bill. He’ll be gone.”

I believe paying property tax is one requirement to do what he's trying to do but unless it's enforced nothing will happen.

Sounds like a fairly affluent neighborhood, you’d think someone there would have the “pull” to get action from the city.

12 posted on 01/25/2013 6:06:13 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: The_Victor

This is actually a good idea. Once this young Communist takes adverse possession, he’ll own a several million dollar mansion. He’ll then be one of the “rich” who can pay property and other taxes to support the masses he loves so dearly.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 6:17:52 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Uncle Chip

“the 23-year-old Brazilian national”

This scumbag isn’t even a citizen of the US? Why don’t they just deport ......................nevermind.


14 posted on 01/25/2013 6:22:42 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Uncle Chip

Years ago my wife and I bought a nearby house. When we went to move in we learned that the “owner” had abandoned his family for a 19-year-old hottie, had never paid his mortgage, the house was in foreclosure, and squatters had been living there and keeping warm by building fires on the living room floor and trashing the place. Yes, our lawyer sucked. But we had no place to move and thus spent the next several months sleeping on the floor at my mother-in-law’s. Ah, memories...


15 posted on 01/25/2013 6:58:00 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: ClearCase_guy
>>No one witnessed Barbosa breaking into the 7,522-squae >>foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom waterfront home, so he >>cannot be arrested.

>No one witnessed OJ commit murder -- so why the heck did >they bother to arrest him????

No kidding. That's one of the dumbest things I've ever read. If there's plenty of evidence, but no witness to a crime, nothing can be done? Who writes this tripe?

16 posted on 01/25/2013 7:14:18 AM PST by barefoot_hiker
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To: Uncle Chip

Squatters and people that buy without intention to pay is a much more commonplace activity in the beachfront areas then people like to admit.

This was going on a lot during the last 15 years.


17 posted on 01/25/2013 7:18:56 AM PST by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years. RSC)
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To: palmer

Yeah, I think he and the writer of the article have seven months confused with seven years.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 7:40:34 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: barefoot_hiker

If he’s not the owner of the property, and is present on it, then he’s trespassing, and should be arrested.

Obviously, this is not a sustainable situation.


19 posted on 01/25/2013 7:43:40 AM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: Uncle Chip

two taps. he’s gone.


20 posted on 01/25/2013 8:10:39 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Uncle Chip
Good post'UC'....Adverse possession is to protect the community from abandoned property, If you pay taxes and improve thee property for a fixed number of years then you can claim ownership...But...if the owner shows up at say 6 years and 364 days and says 'hey that's my house' you have to leave with nothing.

I wonder why some cities don't use a concept like this for houses that sit vacant when heirs can't be found to rescue houses that sit empty until some hobo sets it on fire, when some one could repair it to rent out and if the owner shows then he would have to pay for the improvements or lose out ?...

21 posted on 01/25/2013 8:41:18 AM PST by virgil283 ( *- Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.-*)
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