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Squatter Wins Right To Live In Abandoned $300,000 Mansion For Just $16

If someone you knew claimed to have bought a new house for $16, you’d probably expect it to be a rundown hovel.

But for Kenneth Robinson, that princely sum could see him as the new owner of a $300,000 home in an well-manicured part of Flower Mound, Texas.

On June 17, Mr Robinson took advantage of a little known Texas law to move into the abandoned home.

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The house had been in foreclosure for more than a year and its owner walked away. Then, the mortgage company went bust.

After months of research, Mr Robinson used the obscure law ‘adverse possession’, filled out some paperwork costing just $16, and moved some of his belongings into the home.

Under the law, if someone moves into an abandoned home they have exclusive negotiating rights with the original owner.

If the owner wants them to leave, they have to pay off the mortgage debt on the home and the bank has to file a complicated lawsuit to get them evicted.

Mr Robinson believes that because of the cost required to move him out, he will be able to stay in the house. Under occupancy laws, if he remains there for three years he can ask the court for the title.

He told WFAA.com: ‘I want to be owner of record. At this point, because I possess it, I am the owner.

‘This is not a normal process, but it is not a process that is not known. It’s just not known to everybody.’

Mr Robinson printed out an online form at the Denton County courthouse which states that he is claiming ownership of the abandoned property.

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