posted on Jan, 10 2015 @ 08:54 PM
My sister owns a house with a well, and she provides water to the property next door. The owner of the other property passed away, and the property
sat empty for a few months, so my sister turned off the water. Then homeless people decided to make it their home. So, they got the electric turned on
in their name, and they have mail delivery. One has legally registered himself with that address as a registered sex offender. Im telling you, these
people have moved in. They've never asked for the water to be turned on.
A couple of weeks ago, she heard her well turning on all night, she thought she left a hose on, but she discovered that the neighbors had turned the
water back on. So, she turned it off, and they turned it on, back and forth. They were caught climbing over her fence etc. Now, she wouldnt really
mind if they lived there, but she doesnt want to pay for the electric to run her pump all the time. And one is a registered sex offender (per the
sheriff) and there are regular camp fires with several homeless gathered around the fire. And she is in her 60s single and has been broken into a few
times. So, yes we know she needs to move. But she cant.
So, she called the sheriff, and they came out, several times, the officer told her that there is another $400.000 home that has been moved into, and
there is nothing they can do, their hands are tied. blah blah blah, so, to make a long story short:
They dont have to move out. If they pay the property taxes they will be able to file for legal ownership of the property in 5 years. Only an owner can
throw them out, and there isnt any. Denying them water is the only legal leverage she has. And denying someone water, is kinda evil, so she has a
moral issue, but she really does need them to move. Any ideas?
However, in my quest to help my sister with this, I found something that might benefit someone:
I looked up the property and found that it is currently $818 behind on its property tax. But, I realized in my search that there were several
properties behind on taxes. I also noticed that they were purchased many years ago, and were probably paid off. I used the tax collector website and
found the property address', and since my 17 yr old needs driving practice, we sat out to find out if they were occupied, and indeed several are just
sitting there, empty, and boarded up. So, I took the name off the property tax deliquent roll, and used the Social Security Death Index and searched
their names, and sure enough several have passed away.
Anyway, if you know anyone having housing issues, you might want to check out the tax rolls for empty properties in your area. The county is just
going to sell them for back taxes. If I didnt own my own home, I would be seriously looking. Because, the police can not make these people budge. And
they are going to own that home, and live there rent free. And of course check your local laws, Im in California, it could be different elsewhere, and
I wouldnt want anyone in jail.
Just be nice to the neighbors, start watering the yard, cleaning up, and the neighbors are just glad to get rid of an eyesore. Real people Win!!!