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Texas homeowners confront squatter climbing in their window

Wild video captured Texas homeowners confronting a squatter as he climbed through a window of their new San Antonio home – while the intruder’s accomplice stood outside and told the homeowners he had rights to property.

After Abram and Yudith Mendez purchased a house to renovate, they hired an acquaintance to complete the tiling work and drew up a contract allowing the man to stay in the house short-term. Now they say he won’t leave.

“Squatters are breaking into my house through my window again,” Yudith can be heard saying in a dramatic video the couple shared with News 4 San Antonio and released Monday.

The homeowners captured video of the squatter entering their home through a window. Méndez family

In the footage, the man straddles a window of the couple’s home while a woman stands outside.

“He has rights. I can show you her rights,” the woman replies to Yudith before going through the window.

Abram showed the station a handwritten contract signed by the squatter, which told them he could do the tiling work but needed a place to stay for a few days.

In the contract, the man agrees to carry out the work and leave the house. Instead, he demolished the front room and barricaded the entrance, all the while refusing to leave, the couple say.

An acquaintance of the squatter tells the owner that he has “rights”. Méndez family

“I think today would be a month,” Abram said. “And he already had his long game in mind.”

While the man claims squatters’ rights, Texas attorneys told the station he does not meet all the requirements to claim adverse possession, which would allow him to gain ownership of a property even without the permission of the owner.

A person can claim adverse possession in Texas if: They occupy the property with “color of title” – or a rightful claim – for at least three consecutive years; they occupy the property and have a deed recorded in their name, pay all property taxes, and cultivate the land for at least five consecutive years, or they occupy the property and improve the land for at least 10 consecutive years.

Abram Mendez said they drew up a contract with the man that he signed, agreeing to only stay in the house for a few days. SBG San Antonio

So, even though the man may be considered a squatter, he cannot claim wrongful possession of the property.

The Mendez family says they are considering eviction.

“The intent behind adverse possession is to reward people who take care of the property and put it to good use,” said Nohl Bryant, a San Antonio attorney. “It’s not designed to reward bad behavior.”

Squatters have been a hot topic across the country in recent months after a new Florida law was passed to end squatters’ rights.

The owners are considering eviction. SBG San Antonio

In New York State, squatters can claim the legal right to remain on a property without the owner’s permission after 10 years of living there.

However, in New York, you only need to stay on the property for 30 days to claim squatter rights.

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