A Florida man who was serving in the United States Army was deployed to Hawaii with his wife for two years. Meanwhile, a couple of squatters had apparently set up camp in the couple’s Florida home, changing the locks and refusing to give back the place.
Apparently, Florida has laws that protect leeches like these. Since the squatters have been there for a while, despite the soldier knowing nothing about it, the state considers that ‘establishing residency’. The squatters moved in, moved in their belongings, and changed the locks on a house that they did not own.
Now, the soldier’s family has to sue and go through an entire court process so police could remove the squatters from their house.
AmericaNow reports on this ridiculous story:
A soldier from New Port Richey, Florida says that squatters took over his house while he was stationed in Hawaii for two years, and when it came time to move back into his home with his wife, the squatters refused to leave.
As reported earlier this week, Army Spc. Michael Sharkey says that he and his wife haven’t lived in their Florida home in the two years that he’s been stationed in Hawaii, but upon learning they could go back to Florida, they were shocked to discover that two ex-cons broke in, changed the locks, and were refusing to leave. Unfortunately for Sharkey, he was told that legally, there was nothing he could do to force them out.
“They are criminals,” said Sharkey to WFLA. “I am serving my country, and they have more rights to my home than I do.”
Police told Sharkey that they could do nothing about the couple, Julio Ortiz and Fatima Cardosa, since they already established residency, so the matter would have to be settled in a civil court.