‘We have no rights’: Couple who bought million dollar home to help disabled son can’t move in because of squatter

A New York couple who bought their dream home are stuck in hell thanks to a squatter who refuses to leave.

“More than four months after purchasing the home, the family says they still can’t move in and they’ve faced numerous roadblocks,” New York City station WABC reported Wednesday.

Why? Because when Joseph and Susana Landa bought the home in October, they didn’t realize that a squatter was already living there.

“I wake up and I go to sleep about the same thing, when is this guy going to come out?” Susana said to WABC. “We couldn’t believe it, we could not believe it.”

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The sad thing is that their dream home wasn’t just for them — it was also supposed to be for their disabled son Alex, who reportedly suffers from Down Syndrome.

“We’re looking to hopefully retire and most of all provide for my son Alex, who has Down Syndrome,” Susana said.

So who’s the person preventing them from moving in? Brett Flores.

“Court documents show Flores was hired by the [home’s] former elderly homeowner as his caretaker until the man passed away in January of 2023,” according to WABC.

“Flores was paid $3,000 a week to care for him, records show. Flores claims he has a ‘license’ to stay in the house from the previous owner. In New York City, squatters have rights after living on the premise for 30 days,” the station notes.

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“It has become a nightmare, a total nightmare,” Josepha said of the situation.

But it gets worse. In addition to squatting in the home, Flores has also been posting ads offering rooms up for rent.

The Landas have for their part been fighting in court to get him evicted, but their efforts thus far have not borne fruit.

“Long story short, he is still there,” Susana explained.

“They’ve already had five hearings in civil court but claim the process keeps getting delayed. Flores has showed up for court without an attorney and most recently, he filed for bankruptcy,” WABC notes.

“So that prevents everything from going forward,” Joseph said.

The Landas have, in the meantime, reportedly been forced to pay for all of the home’s bills, including its expensive utility bills.

“It’s very crazy,” Susana said. “Our system is broken. I never would imagine we have no rights, no rights at all, nothing, zero.”

Meanwhile, Flores refuses to tell his side of the story.

“No one answered the door at the Queens home. Flores did answer the phone. He said he has a story to tell but wanted [reporters] to contact his attorney first,” according to WABC.

“When reached by phone, the attorney said they had ‘no comment’ and that they’re going to let the issue play out in court. He also said he believes the issue will be resolved ‘soon,'” the station notes.

The Landas aren’t happy about any of this.

“It makes me feel completely forgotten in this legal system, unfair and not able to do anything,” Joseph said.

It sounds like the couple could use the help of Flash Shelton, the founder of the United Handyman Association and SquatterHunters.com.

Speaking with Fox News earlier this month, he explained how he’d removed the two female squatters who’d taken over his mom’s California home last year after she’d put it up for sale following her husband’s death.

“After local law enforcement couldn’t help, Shelton spent days dissecting laws around squatters’ rights,” Fox News notes. “He managed to get rid of the women within a day by drafting a lease agreement with his mother designating him the legal resident of the home, then took over the house when the women stepped out one day and barred them from re-entering.”

“Now he uses his experience to provide squatter removal services for others and has successfully helped several landlords in California reclaim their homes,” according to Fox News.

That said, Shelton recommends homeowners always seek the help of law enforcement before taking things into their own hands.

“As soon as law enforcement says there’s nothing we can do, then I would say reach out to me or someone like me because there are alternatives besides spending a year in civil court,” he explained.

Vivek Saxena

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