The financial closure mess is claiming another victim in the Seattle, WA. area. A young couple thought they had purchased their perfect dream home only to find it had been occupied by squatters. The unfortunate thing is that law enforcement can do little, since it is a civil matter. The cops know the current occupants who have pulled this stunt before. According to one recent article, it also stated that:
Zura called the police after finding the realtor’s lock box had been cut, the home’s locks had been changed and a deed had been posted to the outside.
The deed, filed in Snohomish County, attempts to lay claim to the home, which county records show is owned by a bank. At the bottom of the deed was the name James McClung and the notary listed as Jill Lane.
Kirkland police opened an investigation on McClung and Lane in June after they arrested Lane and charged her with trespassing. Detectives believe she was squatting in a $3.2 million bank-owned mansion in the city.
Since then, McClung’s name has popped up on documents appearing to stake claim on bank-owned homes throughout the area: in Kirkland and in Bellevue in August, and on a million-dollar mansion in Edmonds later that month.
The King County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating McClung for his alleged involvement in the Shoreline home.
“They changed the locks. They cut off the realtor’s lockbox to the front of the house. They put up no trespassing signs,” said Sgt. John Urquhart. “I’m going, ‘This thing stinks to high heaven.”‘
The listing agent for the home, Christina Lee with Century 21, showed police a title for the house that confirms the bank as the owner.
I find it hard to believe that these people can not be physically removed from the home. One would think that it would not be that hard to prove who in fact is the actual owner.