Thomas Benson, Sovereign Citizen, Squats While Claiming to be “Not a Person”

Thomas Benson is allegedly not only a criminal and squatter, but also claims to be “not a person”, and associates with another bizarre character named “Nana I Am.”

The duo tried to take over a bank owned home in Las Vegas, and are now charged with multiple crimes, as reported here: https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/accused-sovereign-citizen-squatter-to-go-to-trial-in-las-vegas/

This Nana figure tries to sue to take possession of homes in Nevada,as stated here:

A mysterious figure, Nana has filed dozens of lawsuits in recent years, often with people who lost their home to lenders. He has sought hundreds of millions, even billions, of dollars and laced his filings with nonsensical claims and pseudo-legal jargon. He writes his name countless ways, including as Nana-Amartey-Baidoobonso-IAM, and is connected to at least five homes in Southern Nevada

 

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Deadbeat Tenants Ruin Working Class Landlords in California — and the Government Supports Squatters

It is getting increasingly expensive to evict a tenant in California…or even a squatter, who broke into your home, committing a crime to get in, and who by all rights you should be able to call the police to remove.  But in California, hysteria about housing has led to increasingly anti-landlord legislation, which gives even more power to tenants who already had the scales tipped in their favor.

This article highlights one case and reveals the problem:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-hostile-occupation-of-carlos-lopezs-house-1527892100

In California, it is not a stretch to say that the state actually funds squatters and squatting, because government funds go to eviction defense agencies, which provide legal support for any tenant facing eviction, as well as any malicious squatter who broke into someone’s home, and is being evicted through the court system, since the state refuses to see this as the criminal matter that it is.

From the article:

If Carlos Lopez lived anywhere but California, he could have forced the squatter out of his modest rental house months ago. But here any eviction defendant, even one who has admittedly refused to pay the rent, can get a free attorney and demand a jury trial as leverage. That’s what the woman occupying Mr. Lopez’s house in northern Los Angeles County did. Only ethics or ignorance prevents every evictee from doing the same.

As Mr. Lopez’s lawyer, I was skeptical when he told me someone was living in his house without payment or permission—until I discovered that my firm had helped evict the same woman from three other area houses. The difference this time was that the squatter had an attorney, provided by a state-funded nonprofit whose mission is to reduce evictions.

Things didn’t use to be so bad in California, until tenants were enabled to extort landlords by threatening to litigate the eviction in a jury trial, which can easily cost over $50,000. Most small time landlords do not have that kind of money, so some of them, facing an expensive eviction suit, may be forced to sell their property, as they cannot afford to evict a deadbeat tenant who is getting the state’s support to steal accomodations from the property owner.

Historically, eviction was intended to be faster and simpler than other civil litigation so that landlords could quickly reclaim their property from deadbeat tenants. In California, jury trials for evictions were nearly unheard of until the mid-2000s, as they still are in other states. Most residential leases included jury waivers, and most tenants couldn’t afford the legal expense of a jury trial.

That changed in 2005, when the California Supreme Court ruled jury waivers unenforceable. Lawyers swarmed to represent tenants free, making money by demanding landlords pay tenants thousands of dollars to leave. Landlords pay because it’s cheaper than litigation.

Deborah and Scott Brady Pay no Rent for a Year, Refuse to Leave

The property owner had had quite enough from Deborah and Scott Brady, who had failed to pay rent for a full year in Australia, yet continued to run a successful dog kennel business from the property.

This video shows the story of their long belated eviction:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM9TXg-p0hc

Scott Brady:

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The house was admittedly not in a good state of repair, but the owner also did not want to do more work on it, he just wanted the tenants out. Finally he got them out.

Bob Cox Builds Mini House on Trailer and Squats in Driveway

Here’s a new spin on squatting — the squatter who, instead of squatting in a vacant home, builds a trailer home on the driveway of someone else’s property and then refuses to leave.  Turns out he has the same absurd “right” to remain, until evicted by a court procedure, as do all the other malicious creatures of his ilk.

See the story here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6RdC-hQhQw

Cox was related to one of the tenants in the main house who moved out.  When she moved out, he built a mini-house on a flatbed trailer in the driveway, and refused to leave.  2018-08-29 (18)

When police came out to talk to Cox , he said ” I know my rights. You guys can’t touch me, you can’t do nothing to me.  You’re trespassing, get off my property. ”  They all know their “rights”, these despicable abusers of a badly designed law.

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In the comments section on the video of this story, some readers have the right idea — when Cox goes out to get groceries, should someone with a truck and a hitch pull up with nefarious intentions, the property owner is quite likely to blink when the truck drivers hitch up the little home, and tow it the heck out of the driveway.  When Cox comes back, the owner could say, “Oh dear, while you were gone it seems your little shack was stolen.  Boo hoo.”

Julio Ortiz Squats in Soldier’s Home

While a loyal American was stationed half a world away in Afghanistan and then Hawaii, little did he suspect that he would come home and find…that he couldn’t go home.  Because the squatter Julio Ortiz had moved into his home (trespassed) and as usual, police refused to help, citing it as a civil matter…even though breaking and entering and trespassing are clearly criminal, not civil matters.

See the story in this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=altzYM_bz9E

The squatters Julio and Fatima Ortiz said they had permission to move into Michael Sharkey’s New Port Ritchie FL home, but he said he has never spoken to these people in his life.

The two have criminal histories, Julio has a record for robbery, carjacking and selling drugs on school property.  Fatima has drug charges as well.  Typical of the losers who try these appalling and reprehensible things.

Squatting on the Squatter Lynn Arthur Williams

Here’s a novel idea, one which in my opinion should be deployed much more often on squatters.

The idea is that, if victimized by a squatter on her premises, what prevents a second squatter from moving in? And this second one just might be a squatter who is in the employ of the homeowner. How would that go down?

Consider, after all, the first squatter moved in (or broke in) illegally — serial squatters often either trespass or physically break into the homes they squat in. So, if the original squatter is there illegally, it’s fair to ask– why couldn’t others also enter illegally? Why can’t others just, in fact, break into the property, and squat beside the squatters? Particularly if the property owner gives them permission to do so.

See how just this kind of strategy went down, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB_hjqZQ1UY

A “friendly” squatter went to the owner’s home, intending to squat beside Lynn Arthur Williams, a criminal on probation who’d invaded her home. As it turned out, Lynn Arthur ended up being arrested, so the plan to squat beside the squatter wasn’t needed.

Still, it sounded like a primo plan to me and I’d like to see a video of someone else doing this.

Three squatters in a home? No problem, if 25 more squatters move in, all authorized by the property owner to squat next to the squatters….

Squatters Move into Pueblo Duplex and Refuse to Leave

IN Pueblo, Colorado, Myrtis Johnson’s tenant moved of her duplex, but before she could re-rent it, squatters broke into it and moved in and refused to leave. Ms Johnson and many others in this situation find it “pretty ridiculous” that they have to then go to court to get the trespasser out.

This video shows a news reporter confronting the squatters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKLoaoOex_k

This kind of situation has engraged and stressed out so many property owners, neighbors and communities, that some municipalities or states are working to change the law in order to make it possible to remove squatters much more quickly. Colorado is trying to make it possible to remove squatters within 24 hrs, which is far more reasonable than the months it can currently take to remove a criminal who has trespassed or even broken into someone’s home.

See here for info on the proposed Colorado law: https://pagetwo.completecolorado.com/2018/01/11/squatters-may-be-sent-packing-by-new-law/

“Report Squatters” Website to Help Minimize Squatter Problem

There is a new tool in the limited arsenal that property owners have to deal with squatters. Because the laws pertaining to squatting have not sufficiently caught up with the reality of this phenomenon and the extent to which people are able to abuse the system, the existing options of legal responses to squatter problems are often woefully inadequate. As many of the stories here demonstrate, often police and the court system offer only meagre assistance with an ongoing squatter problem, and the help offered may be insufficient, delayed, expensive, or even unavailable.

At this news article https://www.ktnv.com/news/new-website-helping-solve-squatter-problem-in-las-vegas , mention is made of a new organization or business which seeks to provide assistance to those who are either presently dealing with squatters or who want to try to keep their property free from squatters.

This organization is called Report Squatters and their website is here:

https://reportsquatters.com/

Seattle Squatter Camps in Yards of Vacant Homes, Breaks In

A squatter who some are characterizing as dangerous and as having a history of mental illness, has been repeatedly camping in the yard of a vacant home which the owner has been preparing for sale. As described in this article, , when the owner confronted several squatters who were camped in her yard, one of them told her that the house was his and accused her, the home’s owner, of trespassing on her own property. She would call the police and he would leave before police arrived, but then once police went, he would return again.

The homeowner’s brother says he has found out who the squatter is and has plans to take care of this problem himself if the police once again fail to help, as they did previously.

Brian said that he has found the squatter’s name, license plate, and address, and has found out disturbing information about the squatter.

“The guy is very dangerous,” Brian said. “He has a history of mental illness. His family has removed him from the family situation.”

The squatter has gone to neighbors’ houses pretending to be pest control to gain information about residents on the street and access to their homes.

To protect his sister, Brian plans to take justice into his own hands.

“We’re going to flip the script on him and go terrorize him,” Brian said.

“The police aren’t showing up. What are we supposed to do?” Brian said. “My sister’s livelihood is at stake here and nobody is doing anything. So what do we do at this point?”

This story asks the important question….what do you do when you call the police and they dont’ come???

This image is not of the actual squatter in this story, but is meant to suggest the problem of someone setting up a tent on private property on someone’s yard.

Tent squatter

Beware Homeless Squatters on Private Land!

Most are aware that there has been an explosion of homelessness on the West Coast of the USA in particular, and this has given rise to a large number of illegal homeless camps set up in a variety of places on public land. What many may not realize is that some homeless campers set themselves up by trespassing on private land, and then squatting illegally there.

As reported in this article, one property owner in Aberdeen WA has been having many problems with up to 100 homeless squatters who keep returning to squat on his land after he removes them.

Homeless advocates and police are both pointing fingers at the landowner, taking issue with him not doing things the right way, but clearly the property owner is the victim in this situation. What should he have to do, erect giant 20 ft walls around the periphery of his property? It should not be all the burden of any particular landowner to keep people out, and when trespassers are found, it should not require a court process to remove them. This is trespassing plain and simple, folks.

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