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Has it Come to This??? Family Can't Move Into Their Home After Squatters File for Bankruptcy

ChiTownGirl 2012/08/02 22:54:42
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Dayna Donovan and her family
have been unable to occupy their home after two strangers squatting in her
Littleton, Colo., home for 8 months have filed for bankruptcy, preventing an
eviction from the sheriff’s department.



On July 12, a judge in Arapahoe
County ruled that Veronica Fernandez-Beleta and Jose Rafael Leyva-Caraveo, the
two people who were living in the home, had to move out in 48 hours.



Troy Donovan, 45, filed for a
forced eviction with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office on July 16.



However, Fernandez-Beleta filed
for bankruptcy on July 20, which the Donovans learned about just hours before
the scheduled eviction was to take place last week.



“The sheriff’s office will not
proceed with an eviction if there is a bankruptcy in question,” Arapahoe County
Undersheriff David Walcher told a local CBS television station.



It’s frustrating. It’s just one thing after another, after
another,” Donovan told ABC News. “We’ve
lost two months’ time. It has been an
absolute living nightmare and an emotional roller coaster.”



The Donovans and their two
young daughters have been staying in the basement of a relative’s house in
Greeley, about 65 miles away. They say
they can’t afford an attorney and have struggled to come up with $500 in court filing fees and gas for driving
to the clerk’s office throughout the legal process.



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  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2012/08/02 23:06:07
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    We never owned, bought or rented the house but snuck in under the cover of darkness to occupy and now we deserve to stay. Hispanic names too hmmm wonder if they snuck in under the cover of darkness invading our country also.

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  • JDood 2014/10/20 02:34:53
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    I was once told that he reason it's called Criminal Justice System is because the system is designed to protect the criminals! That is what's going on here. While it would be interesting to know how and why these squatters have been in this home for so long, it is a story for another time.

    The way to get them out is simple. A few big guys and a large van. Get in, toss these thugs out within a few minutes, then clean and have the rightful owners move in just as quickly. In the end, what are the ex-squatters going to do, sue you? According to their court records, they can't afford to do that. What's the state going to do, evict the rightful owners? Besides, if the Criminal Justice System tried to do that, the owners would also have to have their legal day in court.
  • ChiTown... JDood 2014/10/20 02:44:49
    ChiTownGirl
    You're right, but there is more to this story, looks like I forgot to copy it all, it might change things...

    "Donovan said she delayed starting working a temporary job near her home in Littleton just because of the complications from the delayed eviction. She and her husband have struggled to find jobs in the small town where they are staying temporarily. They are also dealing with their mortgage company, because they are about $20,000 behind on their house payments, the last of which was made in June 2011.

    Donovan's brother in law set up a website asking for donations to allow them to move into a temporary home.

    She has been contacting lawyers with the Colorado Legal Services who have so far said they are unfamiliar with this area of the law.

    Fernandez-Beleta and Levya-Caraveo could not be reached for comment. Their attorney, Douglas Romero, of the Colorado Christian Defense Counsel, couldn't be reached for comment.

    It all started last August when the Donovans moved to Indiana with their two children. Both were unemployed at the time and two months behind on their mortgage payments. They decided to relocate because Troy had a temporary job with a race team. Donovan said she left their home of more than 13 years locked and ready for the cold Colorado winter.

    In March, Donovan said s...











    You're right, but there is more to this story, looks like I forgot to copy it all, it might change things...

    "Donovan said she delayed starting working a temporary job near her home in Littleton just because of the complications from the delayed eviction. She and her husband have struggled to find jobs in the small town where they are staying temporarily. They are also dealing with their mortgage company, because they are about $20,000 behind on their house payments, the last of which was made in June 2011.

    Donovan's brother in law set up a website asking for donations to allow them to move into a temporary home.

    She has been contacting lawyers with the Colorado Legal Services who have so far said they are unfamiliar with this area of the law.

    Fernandez-Beleta and Levya-Caraveo could not be reached for comment. Their attorney, Douglas Romero, of the Colorado Christian Defense Counsel, couldn't be reached for comment.

    It all started last August when the Donovans moved to Indiana with their two children. Both were unemployed at the time and two months behind on their mortgage payments. They decided to relocate because Troy had a temporary job with a race team. Donovan said she left their home of more than 13 years locked and ready for the cold Colorado winter.

    In March, Donovan said she had a "premonition" something was wrong with the home. She and her husband called a neighbor and learned someone had been living there since the winter.

    When the couple called the police to check up on the home, the two occupiers showed paperwork from the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder with an affidavit of "adverse possession," their names and the Donovan's address written on it. The two claimed they bought the home from a real estate agent for $5,000.

    "I am sad and confused and distressed," Fernandez-Beleta told Denver station CBS4 in Spanish.

    The law of adverse possession varies from state to state. In Colorado, adverse possessors who stake their claim to a piece of land for 18 years without dispute may be able to become owners of it, according to Willis Carpenter, a real estate attorney in Denver who is not involved in the case.

    Since the recession, reports of squatters staking their claim to a foreclosed or abandoned home flooded headlines, and instructional guides popped up online about how to file paperwork for adverse possessions.

    Carpenter said the police won't usually get involved because it's a civil, not a criminal matter. However, Donovan and her husband were ordered to stay 100 yards away from their home after Fernandez-Beleta and Levya-Caraveo requested temporary restraining orders. The orders were issued on July 3.

    Carpenter said the real estate agent who sold the home for $5,000 defrauded the buyers.
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  • JDood ChiTown... 2014/11/24 08:12:34
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    I guess since there was no butler involved, the only one left to blame was the realtor, LOL (I used to be a realtor)!
  • frank 2014/10/16 18:20:12
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    They have NO right to be in the house and should be treated as any other robber who breaks into a home. They need to be arrested and thrown in jail.
  • Jerry 2014/10/16 02:23:28
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    Get a few baseball bats and beat them out of that place.
    I have no pity for free loaders.
  • Peewee ~PWCM~ 2014/10/16 00:32:09
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    How did they even get there?
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2014/10/16 00:23:38
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    How did they even get into that home? Does anyone respect private property anymore?
  • firelooker 2014/10/15 23:53:59
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    They have no right to this woman's house.
  • Navin Johnson (The Jerk) 2014/07/24 01:28:59
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    i just love how these days,people can just take over your house and you can't legally do anything to get rid of them.
  • ChiTown... Navin J... 2014/07/26 02:12:37
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    +1
    Isn't it disgusting?? I almost couldn't believe it, but I do. Crazy!!!
  • Jerry Navin J... 2014/10/16 02:25:42
    Jerry
    +1
    Is this what they call a free country?
    Something is not right here.
  • Rogue_Loner 2012/10/13 13:23:58 (edited)
  • ChiTown... Rogue_L... 2012/10/13 13:34:41
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    +1
    HA! You are soooo right!!
  • Risk 2012/10/13 12:48:43
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    This is TOTALLY CRAZY ! This is all part of the " Politically Correctness " that has been sweeping over this country and if it continues we are in for much more of these pathetic stupid situations ! What the hell ever happen to " COMMON SENSE " ? ? ?
  • ChiTown... Risk 2012/10/13 13:35:25
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    +2
    It is so crazy, this story made me so mad and the political correctness makes me so sick.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/10/06 19:11:05
  • john Kills 2012/08/02 23:48:25
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    If the law wouldn't take them out I swear to God in heaven that the coroners would.
  • ChiTown... john Kills 2012/08/03 00:01:51
    ChiTownGirl
    +1
    Hahaha....funny :) Thanks so much for commenting!!
  • john Kills ChiTown... 2012/08/03 00:49:32
    john Kills
    +2
    Happy I could make you laugh as long as you know that I'm serious. No way would I let these people steal my house.
  • ChiTown... john Kills 2012/08/03 02:44:22
    ChiTownGirl
    When I read this, I had to share it because I just couldn't believe that a glitch like this could keep them out of THEIR own house. I mean, these squatters know the system better than these poor homeowners. And, living in a relatives basement, while these goons laugh all the way to the bank!!
  • john Kills ChiTown... 2012/08/03 03:16:48
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    +1
    The world has turned into a really pathetic place. With all our advances and so called civilization. This would never have been an issue 100 years ago.
  • ChiTown... john Kills 2012/08/03 03:45:11
    ChiTownGirl
    +1
    Exactly, which brings it all back to your very first comment, that's the way it would've been handled 100 years ago!!
  • ChiTown... john Kills 2012/10/06 22:25:20
    ChiTownGirl
    +1
    I know right??
  • firelooker john Kills 2014/10/15 23:55:13
    firelooker
    I agree
  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2012/08/02 23:06:07
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    We never owned, bought or rented the house but snuck in under the cover of darkness to occupy and now we deserve to stay. Hispanic names too hmmm wonder if they snuck in under the cover of darkness invading our country also.
  • ChiTown... Demonic... 2012/08/02 23:11:23
    ChiTownGirl
    +2
    Good point, thanks for commenting :)
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/02 23:02:35
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    That is insane!
  • ChiTown... WhereIs... 2012/08/02 23:12:20
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    +1
    Insane to the max!! Thx!!

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