Skip to comments.New Port Richey soldier says squatters won't leave his home.
Posted on 04/22/2014 11:50:44 AM PDT by ronnyquest
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) -
When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey house. Sharkey and his wife are now living in Hawaii where he is currently stationed. They plan to move back into their New Port Richey home someday. But, right now they are fighting to get their house back.
They say strangers broke in, changed the locks, moved in and they refuse to leave.
"I want the people out," said Sharkey. "They're criminals living in my house."
Sharkey was shocked to find out that the Pasco County Sheriff's Office says it can't do anything about the squatters.
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If mine it might catch fire.
Isn’t there a criminal tresspass complaint that could be filed? Even if this dude actually has a contract (yeah - right), then it’s clearly invalid.
Hire a few unsavory types (with cash) to go and beat the tar out of Ortiz with baseball bats. If law enforcement is not going to do anything and we are quickly sliding into a lawless society, why follow the law?
Home invasions that result in the death of the attacker and no perp found are on the rise....
When we were in Seattle, we saw an intersting Craigslist scam. People in Nigeria (probably) would identify a local home that was vacant, via for sale ads, etc. And then offer it for rent (or even for sale). Often the tenant would continue paying them rent, only to find out when the owner returned that they had no contract. Typically the rent was pretty cheap, too.
We found out about this when we found a place that was way too cheap. I discovered the practice when I googled the ad. It happens a lot where I live now (KY) regarding used cars.
My law firm of Smith & Wesson LLC says “you’re evicted.”
The Sheriff can’t do anything but I would.
No, make another contract with a biker to live there with his guard dogs.
These situations are even worse in place like NYC, for example.
In NC, if someone moves on to a piece of land, sets up house - even builds, and their occupation goes unchallenged for 17 years, the squatters can establish a clear title. - When I was much younger, such an idea seemed untenable, but 17 years no longer seems quite so much time, any longer. LOL.
Physically throw them and their sht out of the house. Change the locks and buy a gun and pit bull. Let the moochers hire a lawyer to get their “house” back....
I’m sure there are more than a few motorcycle ‘groups’ who would gladly fix this ‘problem’......................
And baseball bats. :)
A neighbor of mine had a girlfriend. I hate this guy, a scumbag. Anyway, he pissed off his girlfriend so she came back one night when she knew he was away. Jumped the fence to his backyard, and stuck a garden hose through the kitchen window. Major flood issue; can’t live there until fixed. You got varmints, flush them out.
Buy the squatters a dog then call the police and let nature take its course.
I think the Sheriff is wrong. ALL deals having to do with property must be in writing, not verbal. Ortiz’ contract is verbal and also is to fix up the house not to live in it. So, he is wrong on two accounts it is verbal and gives him no living rights on the property. He is committing criminal trespass and that is not a civil matter. Dam law enforcement doesn’t even know the laws anymore, but they sure know how to use force against innocent people. The old protect and serve is really out the window when these people who own the property need their property protected but the sheriff refuses.
Accidents happen. That’s what insurance is for.
Walk in shooting.
Well Ohio has castle doctrine so I`d come home, and finding intruders in my home, shoot them.
So he’s a smoker, strong Mexican accent, unsavory looking as can be. These are the times when a judge should take one look at the perp, another at the actual owner and say... Sheriff, serve Ortiz papers and get him out.
“The Sheriff cant do anything but I would.”
Yeah, but he will sure as hell prevent you from doing anything either.
You may or may not be correct about that, but as a practical matter if the Sheriff doesn't want to do his job, you don't have a lot of recourse. I suppose you could start a recall petition....
Isn’t a verbal contract, tenant at will, which means at both the will of the tenant and the will of the owner, and if either one says “Time to move.” the tenant has to move?
Anyone want to bet that Ortiz the Squatter is also Ortiz the illegal alien?
“My law firm of Smith & Wesson LLC says youre evicted.”
We’re on the same page, except I employ an Austrian law firm I am shure you know. Messrs. Sig Sauer & Co. They have U.S. offices in Exeter, NH!
Soldier made a big mistake picking the wrong friend to watch the house. However, the friend would need a contract to extend to the squatter.
If there wasn’t a contract, there would be when I got there. Just sayin’.
Its my house and there are people living in it? I am not understanding this there isnt anything we can do about it. Break the door down and move in?
No. If the soldier told the friend to “take care of the house”, the friend could have interpreted that as “Rent it out for me”.
I use Ted Kennedy's law firm....
WineHer, DineHer, DickHer & DunkHer
That’s called “breaking and entering” if the contract doesn’t state that the owner is allowed to do so. BTDT.
The easiest thing to do is make the squatter want to leave and leave quickly.
If you can, there are a lot of mansion in Palm beach I am interested in, and I know are mostly vacant during the hot summer months.
I'll just make up the same ridiculous story about a verbal contract and leave some paint brushes lying around.
If there isn't more to this story we don't know, then it sounds like the sheriff is incompetent.
They do have to bring an action for possession of the property (unlawful detainer) to get them out with the help of the law. They can also swear out a complaint for criminal trespass. Self help with force would subject the owners to arrest. It’s a pain but that’s the truth.
This renting of other people’s vacant houses has been big business in Florida for a few opportunistic folks.
Just file for eviction and press charges. If the guy has a contract then it will come out in court.
when the owners contact the sheriff with a complaint and then the quarters have no contract or lease agreement, they should be arrested immediately and their goods impounded.
If it’s a verbal contract with this ‘friend’ have this ‘friend’ cancel it verbally or in writing.
End of story, thirty days later (or less) he’s out.
Did the soldier give power of attorney to his “friend”? Before deployment they warned us about how easily a general power of attorney can be abused.
Was his “friend” acting in his legal stead when he made the `contract’?
Anyway, extraction by bikers & guard dogs, with sheriff as witness, sounds like the best solution to a bad situation.
New Port Richey soldier says squatters won’t leave his home.
You don’t know what to do about that?
While I have all the respect in the world for those that serve in the military I have to assume you have not learned much in your time in the service.
This is not a difficult issue........
“This is crazy. You can’t just move into someones home and claim it.”
Apparently you can. Welcome to Obama’s Amerika.
That’s “adverse possession”, and usually you have to pay taxes on it for it to be a valid claim.
It’s also a good way to pick up a piece of property that ends up being a super fund site of similar cleanup cluster f...
These thugs are not contributing to society. Any solution that solves the problem is a good solution, particularly if it involves a shovel and being quiet in steps 2 and 3.
I thought the same thing. He looks like a pogue. I know how an Infantryman would fix this situation.
“Isnt a verbal contract, tenant at will, which means at both the will of the tenant and the will of the owner, and if either one says Time to move. the tenant has to move?”
And if they don’t you have to get a court ordered eviction.
“This is not a difficult issue........”
Lets say he kicks them out. Just kicks in the door, physically tosses the couple out, then locks the door. Illegal Ortiz calls the Sheriff, the Sheriff arrests the soldier. The soldier then gets in trouble with the Army for getting into trouble with civilian authorities... even though he did nothing wrong, and it’s his house. The military is as politically correct and bureaucratic and punitive as any federal civilian agency.
You: I am not understanding this there isnt anything we can do about it.
That is because it isn’t in the article.
Either way, this guy shouldn't hold his breath if he expects the local LEO’s or the courts to help him out. Roust the squatters discretely, or make them homeless and file an insurance claim.
Hmmmmm.... Something tells me that a police search of the property(outside)would would turn up a ton of “stolen” property from the neighborhood. Get a few cooperative neighbors and this would be easy. There is a 99.9% probability that these career criminals have something to hide and could not pass the scrutiny of a search warranty.
Monitor the home for when they leave. Hire a couple triaxles trucks to dump a couple loads of 4” stone to block the driveway, garage door, and every other entrance.
I would torment them relentlessly.
Ah, obama’s much-vaunted “Shovel-ready jobs.”