A California couple bought a home over a year ago, but because of a legal loophole the previous owner refuses to leave
- A couple bought a home for half a million dollars in
Californiain 2020, but haven't moved in.
- The seller refuses to leave the property, though its been over a year.
- The couple's
real estateagent says the seller is taking advantage of the state's evictionmoratorium.
A couple bought a home in Riverside, California, in January 2020, but over a year later they haven't been able to move in because the seller refuses to leave, Fox 11 LA reported.
Tracie and Myles Albert bought the four-bedroom home in cash for the asking price of $560,000, real estate agent Chris Taylor told Fox 11. After the sale went through, though, the seller refused to turn over the keys or leave the home, the agent said."It's genuinely unfathomable to me that we live in a state where something like this is even possible. They closed escrow on this home January 31, 2020," Taylor told the news station. The couple closed on the house weeks before state-mandated lockdowns and other measures -- including a moratorium on evictions -- were enacted to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
"They have this case under a COVID tenant situation, of no evictions when it doesn't fall under that at all. This transaction went through in January 2020 before any of that, it isn't a renter who was getting thrown out. It's the guy who collected all of this money," Myles Albert said in a statement.The previous owner who is allegedly still living in the house did not come to the door when a Fox 11 reporter sought comment.
"This year alone, we've handled at least 7 maybe 8 cases of this exact type of situation" eviction attorney Dennis Block said.California is notorious for a
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