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Old 12-16-2018, 08:21 PM
 
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We bought a townhouse at an estate auction that was supposed to be unoccupied. We found out that it has an occupant who is unwilling to leave, even upon offering him a few hundred. Apparently he foreclosed on the place and doesn't want to leave. What are my best options moving forward as I haven't been through this before and don't want the place set afire. Thanks.
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:03 AM
 
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I don't know. I think you have to evict him. You may not like it, but he's now your (illegal) tenant.

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Old 12-18-2018, 07:19 AM
 
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We bought a townhouse at an estate auction that was supposed to be unoccupied. We found out that it has an occupant who is unwilling to leave, even upon offering him a few hundred. Apparently he foreclosed on the place and doesn't want to leave. What are my best options moving forward as I haven't been through this before and don't want the place set afire. Thanks.
You should hire an attorney to handle this issue. It can be very complicated in New Jersey.
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Old 12-20-2018, 02:05 PM
 
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What town is this in, please?
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:53 PM
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We bought a townhouse at an estate auction that was supposed to be unoccupied. We found out that it has an occupant who is unwilling to leave, even upon offering him a few hundred. Apparently he foreclosed on the place and doesn't want to leave. What are my best options moving forward as I haven't been through this before and don't want the place set afire. Thanks.
Probably not the correct answer, but ask him his price. A few hundred isn't going to give him a place to go.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:55 PM
 
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Here's what I don't understand. There's no paperwork between the "tenant" and owners. If my wife and I came home from a day of shopping and there was someone in the house we'd call the cops and that person would go to jail. This guy has zero proof that he didn't just randomly walk into the house.. Why not call the cops and say there is a stranger in the house?
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:24 PM
 
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Dear heavens, you need an attorney. Like, yesterday. I can't even figure out how this person could have foreclosed on the place, but that's beside the point. Get an attorney. As others have advised, NJ is a complicated state for getting rid of anyone who is occupying a home.
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:01 PM
 
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Here's what I don't understand. There's no paperwork between the "tenant" and owners. If my wife and I came home from a day of shopping and there was someone in the house we'd call the cops and that person would go to jail. This guy has zero proof that he didn't just randomly walk into the house.. Why not call the cops and say there is a stranger in the house?
OP said he WAS the owner, it went into foreclosure while he owned it and he lost it. Even if it were a tenant, all he'd need is mail, a utility bill with his name at that address, and the cops would say nothing we can do, take him to court.

Also I'm not certain, but I don't think it's legal to call the police and lie to them about it being a stranger when you know it's not. A stranger implies an intruder, which is going to put police in a very different mindset than a tenant (or in this case former homeowner) who won't move out.
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Old 12-27-2018, 09:41 PM
 
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OP said he WAS the owner, it went into foreclosure while he owned it and he lost it. Even if it were a tenant, all he'd need is mail, a utility bill with his name at that address, and the cops would say nothing we can do, take him to court.

Also I'm not certain, but I don't think it's legal to call the police and lie to them about it being a stranger when you know it's not. A stranger implies an intruder, which is going to put police in a very different mindset than a tenant (or in this case former homeowner) who won't move out.
The OP would probably get into trouble if he called the police and told them that the guy broke in.

Having read a bit about this this week, I've learned that the Sheriff's Depart will post a notice on the door informing the former owner that he has two weeks to move. At that that point (I think) the new owner files for eviction. Because the guy never had a lease or verbal agreement with the new owner to live there, the trusty Sheriff's Department folks will post a second notice informing him that he's got two more weeks before they come back, change the locks, pack up his stuff, and put it in storage.

That sounds pretty tidy. It's not. Those guys aren't a moving company, and tape doesn't really secure a box. There were many comments about theft and damage.

I didn't take notes, but that's what I remember.

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Old 01-06-2019, 10:52 AM
 
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It is TRULY SAD to read these posts. As I myself have a Squatter in my house. (Detroit Single female, no family, no help) ..ALL these bums know tips and tricks also. ...he has had the lights cut on. Ask me HOW? I don't know. ...but people are telling me that squatters pass info to each other. . Get lights on, have mail come to house. ..to make it appear more LEGAL on their part..and more HARD for owners to get them OUT. (Im told no need in calling police, they will just tell you to start EVICTIONS on the Squatter) I have NO money or TIME for all that. ...the law for thieving house-stealing BUMS is in THEIR FAVOR
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