5 Nov 2014

Detroit Homeowner Arrested While Trying To Remove Squatter From Her Home

A Detroit homeowner says she can’t sell her home because there is a squatter living in it. Trying to remove the unwelcome guest has already led to one altercation, but the owner, Sarah Hamilton, has vowed to keep fighting. 
Hamilton told WJBK that Lynn Williams is living in her home illegally, preventing her from showing the home to a potential buyer. 
"I'm doing a third party short sale on the house. I went to meet the guy there to basically finalize everything, let him walk through and there was someone squatting in the home,” Hamilton said. 
Williams is an old neighbor, but she was never given permission to live in the empty house, Hamilton said.
Williams’ boyfriend, Lucas Burger, said he secured permission for Williams to live there from a man in New Jersey identified only as “Jamal.”
“He's like, 'we'll do a deal,'” Burger said. “‘(As long as) she keeps my property safe.’”
[Sarah Hamilton (L)/Lynn Williams (R)]
But Hamilton said she has no idea who Jamal is and because she has the deed to the property, she is the only one who could give such permission.
Squatting in Detroit was actually legal until late September, but the rules have changed according to Curbed Detroit. Prior to the legal changes, anyone caught squatting could only be charged with trespassing. Squatters also had many of the same rights as renters and were subject to eviction processes just as though they had a lease. 
But that was before the laws changed.
Police told Hamilton as much and she proceeded to remove Williams’ belongings from the house not long ago. 
“I had permission from the bank and I also had permission from the police,” Hamilton said. “The police told me there is no more squatters rights, you have the right to take back your property.”
- See more at: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/detroit-homeowner-arrested-while-trying-remove-squatter-her-home 


  1. It's nice to know that in a nation of laws and justice, an individual cannot attain justice nor laws that benefit them unless they are a criminal.

    She should show up next time with a gun and do exactly what this criminal did, make up a story about what happened. The knife alone gives her the right to kill him on sight in self-defense.

  2. They should focus on squatting in bank foreclosed homes. There are millions of them.

  3. Why don't we end foreclosures altogether? Force banks to return all the money paid or refinance the house to a payment affordable for the debtors instead of giving banks free money and allowing them to throw people out on the street for a dollar figure they made-up to begin with.

    Banks create money in the form of inter-bank credits. No money is ever exchanged when a home is bought and sold by mortgage.

  4. The news video depicting Williams’ white boyfriend Lucas Burger set off alarm bells. On the so-called ‘white nationalist’ website titled ‘stormfront’ (stormfraud) I’ve seen images of ‘Glacier’ posted and I feel it may be the same guy. Could be interesting.

  5. spot on. The fractional reserve banking system is a guaranteed fail for all of us but the bank. There was a game about that... oh yeah, Monopoly. And notice the new colored bills and how they are the same colors as the Monopoly bill colors. ;)

  6. It just does not make sense to tear people down when they are at their most troubled times financially.

  7. If it is fully insured, she should hire a torch. The squatter? Collateral damage.