Skip to comments.Man Finds Family Living In His Miami Home [After Vacation]
Posted on 07/24/2014 8:33:44 AM PDT by Red Badger
MIAMI (CBSMiami) A South Florida renter came home to find people living inside his house but the family illegally squatting inside said they are not leaving.
The owner of the property on SW 5th street and 49th Avenue said his friend William Ruiz has been renting the house for the past two years and recently started to move out while the house was listed for short sale.
Ruiz went on vacation for two days and said when he came back, he found the locks on the house changed and strangers living inside using his belongings.
Theyre using his bed, his dining room table all his ornaments, said homeowner Luis Camayd over the phone.
The man who moved in with his pregnant wife and toddler didnt want to be identified but said he was scammed by a phony realtor.
He said a lease agreement proves he paid $3,600 to live at the home.
The man, he said, he gave the cash to is no longer returning phone calls.
Im really stunned because the house was set to be sold already. I cant sell the house until we get them out of there, said Camayd.
This stuff is getting out of hand, all across the country!........................
Gun....truck, tarp, dark road, night time... problem solved.
I watched the video. Wow! There are still Caucasians in Miami? Who knew?! ;-)
The property owner needs to remove all the outside doors for “maintenance work” and refinishing.
Squatters normally leave in less than 12 hours after that.
So produce the recipient of the $3,600 and sue for a refund. I can't shoplift freely just because I claim the merchandise was paid for.
The squatter was Hispanic. I’ll be an illegal parent of an anchor baby bun in the oven.
When they put new locks on the doors, it became theft.
This emphasizes the importance of working with a realtor you trust. If you skimp there, you will wind up paying for it.
This scam has been getting popular the past year or so. Watch until you see the owner/renter walk out the front door and slip in through the back. Have a locksmith on speed dial and you’re set. Free housing for at least 6 months until the owner gets a court ruling. Free eats until the food runs out. Free utilities for 2-3 months until it gets turned off and the owner’s credit is ruined. Free pocket change for selling off everything stick of furniture, grandma’s silver set and the kids’ ipads. And just think of all private info that can be used against the owner found in the desk and the mail.
He can start by shutting off the utilities and notifying the utilities of the situation to make it hard to get them turned back on. Without water to the residence, the city can then red tag that property as not fit for occupancy with a 72 hour notice to vacate. The police arrive and out there go.
A woman here in DC just got arrested for “renting out” foreclosed homes. She would drive around looking for empty houses that were in foreclosure, note if the banks were sending people by to take care of the property, and then, if they weren’t, she would break in, change the locks and rent out the house. She had all the fake paperwork for rental, and always demanded a large deposit plus first and last months’ rent.
Her big mistake was hanging around to collect the monthly rent as well.
LOL! And that’s for the realtor!
The headline would be different if I encountered such a problem.
They were probably settled there by the Border Patrol —
A lawless land. In Nigeria there are signs on properties that say, “This house is not for sale.” Trying to prevent the same kind of problem.
The United States and Nigeria.... equivalency in lawlessness and leadership.
“The squatter was Hispanic. Ill be an illegal parent of an anchor baby bun in the oven.”
Yes, but in the video the ‘on-the-scene-reporter’ is Caucasian! ;-)
Isn't that a trademarked brand name of certain real estate agents?
Well, yes....but you must admit she spoke Spanish....so she was a White Hispanic, like Zimmerman :o)
If you are not residing in a home for sale, do not list it with a sign in the yard.
If I came home from vacation and found people in my home it would never make Freeper or anywhere else because no one else would ever hear about it................
“Well, yes....but you must admit she spoke Spanish”
Were we watching the same video? In the video that I watched the ‘on-the-scene’ reporter’s name is Fleischman. I could be wrong but I do not think that the name, ‘Fleischman’ is Hispanic. She spoke only English.
See Post #2
I saw one black haired reporterette that was speaking Spanish.
A guy here in Destin was doing the exact same thing! Scamming unsuspecting people just moving here from out of state.................
Somehow I don’t think the guy who ‘rented out’ the house was a real realtor................
They may have had the utilities put in their name, so he can’t................
You could hire a ‘house sitter’, but what if they refuse to leave?...................
Most important part of this story is that the house is “in a short sale”. This means the “owner/landlord” does not fully “own” the property which was “rented” to his “friend”.
And, since it is in a short sale the “owner” is the BANK. The Bank isn’t commenting here. The “owner” being the guy foreclosed on (assumedly, unless he is a proxy owner put there by the bank- since they do this nowadays so they will not have a “foreclosed” property on the bank’s books officially— really, they do this a fair amount, scamming the federal reporting system)— he was “renting to a friend who was moving out”... but then the friend goes on vacation in mid-moveout. Yeah, right.
The mysterious “realtor” is probably a buddy of if not the actual “owner” being short saled out.... and the dude needs cash. So.. rent it to fake renters for “cash” and voila!! Delay in the short sale. Someone had to have keys to get in, in order to change the locks. Which could also, btw, have been the BANK, for that matter. There are a lot of missing ingredients of fact here.
Maybe the bank did it to get rid of the “owner’s” renting pal in the interim since his occupancy may no longer be allowed.
Just a thought of several potential scams, or perhaps deliberate plans (by the bank). There are very entertaining comments on the cbslocal article, most of which are BS as to FL law.
The listing of ownership of properties as “street trusts” (for example on the tax rolls as, say “1234 Main Street Trust”) is a phenomena in a lot of places in the continuing disaster that is the real estate market (with the help of scammy Mae and scammy Mac). That and radio ads for TV “house flipper” wannabees. sheesh.
You’d be surprised. We live part-time in a small condo off of N Miami Beach. It’s a lot whiter than you think.
All parties, possibly even the bank doing the short sale, are hispanic.
Multiple possibilities as to the truth. The bottom line— when was the “owner’s” “friend” who was “renting” supposed to be out of the house? And indeed who is “moving out” and then goes on “vacation” in the middle of it? Really— where, on a gambling cruise for a couple of days?
Whole thing is BS, especially the “family” with prego woman moving in, in the same 2 days. How would any “realtor” know the renter was gone. This takes some teamwork,as in neighbor HOOD teamwork.
We responded to such an ad in cl but didn’t fall for it. this was 5 yrs ago in Renton, wa.
Question is— who put the new locks on the door? The bank that is doing the short sale on the “owner” who is foreclosed on and trying to get out of the place? Just a thought.
Where I grew-up the N-word was usually preferenced by a color descriptor because n-words come in all colors, nationalities or what ever you want.
I’ll bet the new locks were put on the door before the naïve tenant even moved in. Put there by the criminal scam artist - “Realtor”.
Shut off the utilities, especially cable TV and internet.
I catch your drift. But all it takes is for the supposed legitimately believing renter to be confronted with the actual owner, in person. If that’s not the case and they never saw each other, the third party ‘realtor’ is a criminal. The losing party here is the gullible renter, who I’d say is ‘undocumented’ in some way. Tough tooties.
Same here. It’s apparently a very popular scam. They post exterior pictures of the property on craigslist and advertise it as immediately available for some ridiculously low monthly rent.
I responded to one once, because it sounded too good to be true. I asked if I could meet them to view the interior of the house, but lo-and-behold, they were out of the state for the next few months and couldn’t meet with me. Sent me pictures of the interior - but none of the pictures matched up with what the outside of the house and low showed.
Offered to send me a lease agreement and keys if I wired them the money.
I ‘respectfully’ declined...lol
In my state, the utilities are paid by the renter, unless otherwise agreed to. The only entity that can place a lien on the property, itself, is the city for water/sewer. All other utility bills follow the customer. So, if I'm locked out of the house I'm renting, I call all utilities and tell them they're no longer in my name and to shut them off. Bet they get out quick after that. Note, I said if I'm the renter, not the homeowner.
“Where I grew-up the N-word was usually preferenced by a color descriptor because n-words come in all colors, nationalities or what ever you want.”
Huh? Did you watch the video of the ‘on-the-scene-reporter’? Are you saying that Ms. Fleishman is black? She looks whiter than white!
Who said anything about blacks? Certainly not I. ;-)
“I saw one black haired reporterette that was speaking Spanish.”
I am not talking about the ‘in-the-studio’ reporter. I am talking about the ‘on-the-street-in-front-of-the-house-in-question’ reporter whose name is ‘Fleishman’. If she is not Caucasian then I give up. The Spanish language is not restricted to Hispanics. Other people of the world are also allowed to learn Spanish. ;-)
Au contraire, mon ami. Fleischman in Miami could be anything, really, and Spanish speaking as well. Sort of like the media coming up with Zimmerman as a white hispanic.. lol.
A white hispanic jew from Spain would be unusual, and “caucasian” or “white” in skin color if they were from say “old Spain” descendancy, etc. Cubans of upper class background (emigres 4th generation from Castro et al) run into this all the time. They are not brown skinned, indios or what have you.
Which give the triple lie to the “La Raza” BS marxists of opportunity. Dear La Raza—Language is not race La racists. And they indeed are racists, not simply bigots.
“Youd be surprised. We live part-time in a small condo off of N Miami Beach. Its a lot whiter than you think.”
I know. I forgot the humor tag. ;-)
Maybe, but unlikely after only two days. Also, he can repor the issue to the utility that he's no longer the customer at that address, and the current occupants are squaters with no valid rights to the property.
My guess is it’s just a scammer who did the ‘renting’. One exactly like this happened here in Destin last year.
A guy would look for foreclosed properties, break in and change the locks, then ‘list’ the properties for rent on Craigslist and local papers. He’d collect the First/Last/Damage Deposits and had the renters mail their monthly checks to some PO box. He took advantage of people who were new to the area and had all the legal type papers and everything for them to sign just like a realtor would.
These were really upscale homes, not run down neighborhoods, so the $$ involved was quite substantial..................
Yep, and my thought on this is that the “realtor” is a fake working for the bank. Just a thought. Because the only people that could legally change the locks are the owners in the first part, since the property was in short sale.
Many horror stories. Have a bud in FL trying to sell his home, one he owns outright, and the idiots from Chase made a keystroke error in a foreclosure address on the same street— putting HIS place in “limbo”. Could not sell it until the county acknowledged and cleared it up which took forever and for which the moron bank (who could have been pursued, should have in my view) would not take responsibility. Idiots.
Yes, but that puts the utility company into a position of trying to decide if he’s telling the truth or are they? This could lead to some legal problems for them....................
How did they catch him? This is big bucks criminality you describe. Lord, do I hate the RE business because of what people are allowed to do with disinterested law enforcement.
“Au contraire, mon ami. Fleischman in Miami could be anything, really, and Spanish speaking as well.”
Ah, but she spoke English with no discernible foreign accent! In addition she is whiter than white! ;-)
( My wife came here from Cuba in 1959. Her Spanish accent is still in place. Ms. Fleischman is speaking native, born-American English. ) ;-)
No, they don't. That word is a mispronunciation of "negro" which literally means black. Any way you try to spin it, the "n-word" is still derogatory.
Negro means the color black.
I believe it IS some sort of private person with a realty license who has access to the MLS.
Not necessarily connected to a bank but I believe they could get pertinent info from the MLS (under foreclosures, pending sales, listed for this and that, etc.)
You have to understand these people who ‘rent’ out these places are criminals in it for the quick cash. They only get caught when they try to make it a long-term thing.