Posted by genieSABRE on Oct 18, 2012
Detroit Homeowner, Finds Squatter In House

Detroit Homeowner, Finds Squatter In House

Something that happens in Detroit only

Source: Hannif Highclass c/o Genie Sabre Realty Inc.
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What is a “squatter”?

“squatter” is another term for a trespasser.
A squatter is one who possesses property without right or title.
One way in which individuals “squat” is by taking up residence in vacant or abandoned property.

Detroit woman living in own home with squatter whom she is not allowed to kick out

Beware of the plotting squatter in your own home…


Heidi Peterson paid $23,000 for this historic home in the Boston District of Detroit

Homeowner Heidi Peterson has found herself and her one year old daughter in the unenviable position of having to live with a squatter in her own home until a housing court decides on eviction proceedings.

According to Ms Peterson, the squatter, former tenant Missionary-Tracy Elaine Blair took over her residence whilst she was away for a year in which she was preparing on extensive home repairs.


The repairs finally completed Ms Peterson had the shock of her life when she returned to the house only to find the locks changed by Blair.

Yet what is beguiling is the fact that according to neighbors is Blair had been living in the house for months, something Ms Peterson was unawares of or should have at least been aware of (one wonders if neighbors at the very least informed her of Ms Blair’s presence).


Heidi Peterson always dreamed of living in a historical home. In May of 2010, she bought one in Detroit’s Boston-Edison District for $23,000. Now a squatter refuses to leave

If that wasn’t all enough, Ms Prentice then discovered to her further horror that Blair had managed to put a lien on the house, which she had told the city was abandoned. Which at the end of the day puts Ms Prentice and her one year old in the awkward position of being forced to live with Ms Blair who for the time being refuses to leave until her case has been heard by a housing court or at the very least she is issued an order to evict. The lien courtesy of Ms Blair is sure to make it particularly messy and time consuming to have Ms Peterson get rid of her.

What also makes this story fascinating is the fact that Ms Blair happened to have been Ms Prentice’s tenant two years ago and at the time did have a lease. Yet that lease was terminated in February of 2011 after it was deemed the house was deemed unfit for habitation.


Missionary-Tracey Elaine Blair, an alleged squatter and write-in candidate for President of the United States refuses to leave a Detroit home owned by Heidi Peterson

So now here’s where things get tricky, cause I can all hear you homeowners in the background hyperventilating: According to the law, a squatter does not have legal rights to the property but that said if the squatter happens to exist there a homeowner is forbidden to remove a squatter by force.

The way it normally works is that Ms Peterson, like any homeowner (and I must apologize to every homeowner I have put through hell as I was rising up the ranks in my formative years as an aspiring writer and a vigilant squatter or at least what some would have argued at the time, but I’ll spare you that story for now)must file a civil action in court, prove it’s her property and then allow the court to take actions to evict the squatter.


Heidi Peterson returned to her home last week and discovered an alleged squatter took out a $8,500 lien on her $23,000 house

For her part Ms Blair has argued that she is forced to remain where she is because she can not afford to go anywhere else and that she refuses to leave until the court requires her to do so, which forces the question where will Ms Blair end up living then? As an aside Detroit is no stranger to individuals squatting abandoned properties as well the city is no stranger to a huge dearth of poverty and ineffectual housing options for displaced individuals.

Ms Blair who coincidentally is on the ballot as a write in president of the United States (yes I thought that might make you choke on your soda pop) is now advocating as part of her political campaign a platform for ‘affordable housing.’

For the time being Ms Peterson and Ms Blair will be living under the same house but I’m guessing as far as possible from each other as possible….

Around the Web:

Detroit Home Owner Claims She And Her Baby Are Forced To Live With Squatter
Detroit homeowner, squatter forced to live under same roof until court decides
Detroit homeowner and her child are forced to live under the same roof as squatter

Click Here:

“Squatters’”  Rights in Detroit:

A Legal Analysis

Prepared by Timothy M. Iannettoni; Jennifer L. Newby;

and Scott A. Petz from Dickinson Wright

Wait a minute!

People Power! Families Re-Occupy Vacant Homes

Now, in the context of a global foreclosure crisis, a squatters’ movement is emerging across the developed world to claim otherwise vacant buildings as homes.

I was of the opinion that these things “People moving in vacant homes and occupying it – was common only in my home country of India & Pakistan.  After reading the above article of what happened in Detroit  – I Google’d  “Squatters”  and was shocked to see that it is indeed a world wide phenomena.

From USA to across the ocean England, Spain, Ireland and….???

Check this story out:  London Evening Standard

Squatters demand £3,000 from family to leave home


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