Diane Stretton: The Nanny Squatter

The Upland, CA family fired their nanny, Diane Stretton, but she wouldnt’ leave the house.



Diane started out as a nanny, but then quit working “for health reasons”. Instead of working, she stayed in her room all day. The family tried to get her to leave, but she threatened to sue the family if they put her out. The homeowners, Ralph and Marcella Bracamonte, said “Either you perform or you have got to leave.” The judge initially sided with the nanny Diane, who actually is a “vexatious litigant” who has filed multiple lawsuits.

The nanny said that she wasn’t fired, but rather, she quit after being “exploited and overworked.”

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Eventually the nanny Diane left, but not after making the Bracamonte very uncomfortable and feeling like “prisoners in our own home” while she squatted there.
At one point, she issued the homeowners a set of “demands” , saying she would leave voluntarily only if her demands were met:

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This video explores Diane’s history as a vexatious litigant:


And this website lists links to eleven of  her lawsuits, and nine more which require a PACER account to view:  http://marycumminsrealestatemarycummins.blogspot.com/2014/07/diane-gail-stretton-nanny-from-hell-has.html

As materialized later on, on a Dr Phil show about the situation, Nanny Diane had filed 37 lawsuits in the past, as stated in this article: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/09/12/homeowner-squatter-nanny-face-off-for-1st-time-on-dr-phil/

Apparently the majority of her lawsuits were directed at her own family members, as is stated in this article: https://abcnews.go.com/US/nanny-leave-hiding-car-police-station/story?id=24350637  She even sued her own son.  When her father died, he intentionally left her out of his will, according to court documents.  She threatened to sue the Bracamontes for elder abuse and wrongful termination.

Nanny Diane had a Twitter page, which is still active, though her last post on it was in August 2014, where she comes out swinging against the Bracamontes:

Here’s the promo video for the Dr Phil show on this story:

And here’s a short excerpt from this show:

The last news story I could find on this Nightmare Nanny is from September 2014, where she said she had cancer, received lots of hate mail,  and was living in a car in Riverside CA: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2761242/Nanny-hell-living-car-cancer-receives-streams-graphic-hate-mail-day-reveals.html  However, given her character and her abuse of the legal system, and tendency to portray herself as a victim while she victimizes others, one can’t necessarily take at face value things she says. Thus it is not clear if what she says about her physical health or about hate mail, is true or not.

What has happened to the Nightmare Nanny? An internet search on Spokeo shows that her most recent address is c/o General Delivery, Riverside CA, which suggests she may still be living in that city, perhaps in her car.

But what happened to the Bracamonte family was so disturbing, that the story was made into a television film, called Evil Nanny, as described here: https://www.inquisitr.com/3858233/evil-nanny-is-lifetime-nightmare-nanny-movie-a-true-story-starring-lindsay-elston-nichole-sterling/

You can see information about the film “Evil Nanny” here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6354166/

And you can watch the movie via Amazon, here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0722XKJ4T

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Mini Crime Wave linked to Squatters In Oakland Hills Home

The elderly owner of a home in the Oakland hills in California ended up in a nursing home, and when her home went into foreclosure and was left vacant, squatters moved in.  A mini crime wave then began, bringing many problems to the neighborhood, including drug dealing and prostitution, and stolen cars and gunfire.



As stated in the article,

Since the squatters took over the house in December 2014, crime has soared in this normally quiet neighborhood. There have been a number of stolen cars, also gunfire and drug use. Then in May 2015, a pit bull from the house attacked neighbor Tim Nichols, biting him and breaking his arm. His dog, Billy, is still recovering.

“How many times are we going to be victimized?” asked Nichols. “How long is it going to take the city to do something to have these people removed?”



The article states that

Records show police have come to the squatters’ house more than a dozen times since the start of the year. The Alameda County Regional Auto Theft Task Force (ACRATT) has recovered seven stolen cars and made four arrests.

How is it possible that squatters would be allowed to stay in a home that they have broken into, for many months, even after committing all these crimes??

Pair Allegedly Created Fake Quit Claim Deed to take over Mansion

Justin and Jenna Dean, who are 24 and 23 years old, broke into a Florida mansion which had been vacant and on the market for some time, and then allegedly created a fake Quit Claim Deed, stating that they had bought the property for $1000. They even created a FaceBook page to brag about “their” mansion. When the mansion was sold, the new owners were disturbed to find them inside. Police were called and the dastardly lying duo were arrested.


Legal Loophole leaves Landlords Vulnerable to Squatters

When squatters break into a property and start living there, it is not as simple as it should be to evict them. Both in the USA and the UK it generally requires paying an attorney and going through a court eviction procedure in order to evict them — whereas it should simply be a matter of calling police to arrest and remove trespassers. But due to a legal loophole that requires the court to examine whether the squatters have legal rights to be there, property owner’s ability to remove squatters are greatly diminished and the process becomes very expensive. Squatters know this, taking advantage of the system. One UK landlord had to pay twice to remove the same squatters, going through two different court proceedings.

He got a court order to get them out the first time, and then secured the property, but they broke in once again and so he had to go to court a second time to remove them again.

From the article:

When squatters took over Noel Kingsbury’s house just as he was preparing to sell it, this was the start of an four-month battle which exposes how badly the law fails to protect homeowners.

The illegal occupants refused to leave until he had battled through the courts to obtain an eviction order.

When they finally left the home, they left behind a trail of destruction including walls covered in graffiti, abandoned drug needles and excrement-stained mattresses.

Mr Kingsbury thought he had his property back. He was wrong. Just two weeks later, the squatters returned.

This time the homeowner assumed that having obtained the original eviction order, he would at least be spared the expense of a second legal battle to remove them. He was wrong again. Due to an “outrageous” loophole in the law, the court proceedings had to start anew. By the time bailiffs finally evict the squatters tomorrow, Mr Kingsbury, a father of one, will face a total estimated bill of £40,000 for repairs and legal fees.

Mr Kingsbury, a freelance gardening writer, bought the Victorian three-bedroom terrace house in Bristol 14 years ago for £60,000 as a ‘buy-to-let’ investment.

He put it on the market last August for £150,000, but his hopes of an sale were set back in November when around 12 squatters moved in.

It cost him £1,300 to secure an eviction order. Once it was in place in mid-December, the squatters left, and the downstairs doors and windows were boarded up to prevent further incursions.

Yet the security measures proved inadequate. Mr Kingsbury, 53, said: “Just after New Year a neighbor of mine looked out the window and saw a group of people in the garden with a ladder. There were about 11 of them going up, breaking in through an upper floor window.”

To the homeowner’s disbelief , the squatters were back. In February, he went to court seeking a ‘warrant of restitution order’, which would allow the original eviction order to be used again.

However, a judge refused the application because the group claimed they were not the same people as the previous squatters. They were able to exploit a loophole which forces property owners to get fresh eviction orders if new squatters say they have never been at the property before.


Indeed, squatting is so easy in Britain, that people are coming from other countries to squat there. Jason Ruddick came from Latvia to squat in a mansion in Highgate:


Jason Ruddick left his home in the Baltics after a friend told him that squatters’ rights were so entrenched in the UK that it was “almost impossible” to be forced out.

He hitchhiked his way to London and promptly set up home in an empty 10-bed Victorian home in Highgate, complete with running water and heating.

In another case, squatters in Britain were able to occupy a mansion directly opposite Buckingham Palace, and boasted that their goal was to get as close to the queen’s bedroom as possible. Even there, the owner had to go to court to get them out, whereas again, this should have been a simple matter for the police, which took no more than a couple hours and resulted in numerous arrests for breaking and entering and trespassing. Yes, things are very bad in terms of property owner’s rights in the UK. Someone’s got to work on the laws so they aren’t so glaringly openly inviting squatters.


A British woman went away only for one weekend, and when she returned, she found a group of Romanians in her home, who had trashed the place and told neighbors she was dead. There are now “tens of thousands” of squatters doing things like this in England. British legislators say that the law needs to be changed to protect homeowners.


This article states that:

With the estimated numbers of squatters having doubled into the tens of thousands since the recession began in 2008, it’s now a serious problem across the entire country.


Romanian Squatters trashed Julia’s home when she was only gone a weekend

After such a widespread and serious problem with squatters in Britain, finally there were changes in the law, and squatting became a criminal rather than a civil offense in 2012:


“They have caused homeowners untold misery in eviction, repair and clean-up costs. Not any more.”

Housing minister Grant Shapps added: “No longer will there be so-called ‘squatters rights’. We’re tipping the scales of justice back in favour of the homeowner and making the law crystal clear.

“Entering a property with the intention of squatting will be a criminal offence.”

However, squatting in many aress in the USA still needs to be addressed as a civil offense.
IN California, an Oregon couple lost their Hemet home in foreclosure, because squatters broke into it and they were unable to get them out in a timely way. The problem has become so serious and so prevalent in some areas, that a California Assembly Bill AB 1513 was introduced to make squatting a crime and make it easier to remove squatters. IN some areas, neighbors are actually forming anti-squatter “posses” to get the malicious trespassers off the premises.


A law was passed to enable property owners to more readily remove squatters, but it was applicable only to Palmdale, Lancaster,and Ukiah CA — areas where this problem was particularly prevalent. Moreover, the law only lasts until Jan 1 2018.



So the problem of squatting remains in California, and more legislation is needed to prevent it.


Changes in Texas law made removal of squatters as well as bad tenants easier there:


Hired Caregiver Squats, Refuses to Take Belongings out of Elder’s Home

A 90 year old elderly woman in San Diego lost control of her home when her paid caregiver, Cheryl Sherrell, turned out to be a squatter. Sherrell was actually arrested and criminally charged for overstaying her welcome. First Cheryl refused to leave, then after she left, she refused to collect her belongings. Now the house is full of piles of garbage, and dog poop, and neither the 90 year old owner nor her daughter are able to get rid of the debris, but must wait for Cheryl to remove it. Cheryl is supposed to come and remove it even though she has a restraining order filed against her stating that she cannot come on the property.

See the news videos:


And this story:



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AN update on this case:


Apparently Sherrell is facing charges of theft and criminal trespass. She has apparently also been featured in a show called “Hoarding: Buried Alive”. THe story about the show ran several years earlier, in 2010…..


Canadian Woman stops paying rent shortly after moving in

Michelle Arcand stopped paying the rent she owed just a few months after moving into her apartment in Saskatooon. She now owes thousands to the landlord.

The landlord attempted to collect monies owed from a court ruling, but Arcand’s employer refused to garnish her wages.

despite a ruling from the Office of Residential Tenancies ordering Michelle Arcand to pay $3,156.20 to her former landlord, Arcand’s employer refuses to garnishee her wages.

Arcand and her dog moved into the brand-new home on Evergreen Boulevard in November 2014, agreeing to pay Perehudoff $1,850 a month in rent, as well as an $1800 damage deposit.


Man Drags 3 Landlords Through Court While Paying No Rent

Joey Brooks admits that he owes rent, but also says he does not have to pay the rent he owes, because “that is the way the law is.” And he’s right, that’s the way the idiot law is. A tenant can stay in the property and stop paying rent, while forcing the landlord to pay what often amounts to many thousands of dollars in order to evict him.


Woman Squats in Idaho, Owners Can’t Sell

Idaho homeowners Renea and Brian Prindle, who were trying to sell their home in Eagle, Idaho, found out that they could not do so, once Debbra Smith broke into it and began squatting there. You would think it would be easy to call the police and have the trespasser removed — but when they went to court about the situation, the judge would not allow them to remove Debbra Smith, the trespassing squatter!


From the Ada County Superior Court site:

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Jason Ruddick, Serial Squatter in London, says “You Will Never Stop Us.”

Jason Ruddick is a serial squatter, who boasts about his exploits. He boasts that he and other squatters can’t be stopped, and he demands to be able to squat at the best of properties, like those with a pool.

Jason’s father who is a lawyer, has provided him with information that he uses to carry out his squatting lifestyle. He brags that police cannot arrest him:

Unemployed Mr Jason Ruddick, 22, who has squatted in a number of houses in the area, is the son of prominent Latvian lawyers who he says provided him with much of the legal knowledge he uses to evade arrest.

“I’m never worried about getting arrested,” he said. “The police wouldn’t charge me so I don’t care.”



When told the electricity company would turn off the power in the house where he was squatting, he said,

“It doesn’t matter. They’ve done that before. We’ll just turn it on again.”

Daniel Portras, Squatter in Canada

Portras moved into Yolandi Lombard’s house, paid only one month’s rent, and then refused to pay more, and refused to leave. He slammed the door in her face, locking her out of her own house.

And there she stood, stunned, on her front step, locked out of her own house by a squatter.


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“I didn’t know people like this even existed,” Lombard said. “I didn’t know that anybody would think it’s OK to treat anybody’s house this way.”

Lombard said that most frustrating of all, is that she discovered Portras, 39, has done a similar thing to three other Regina landlords over the past two years.

She also said the justice system is stacked against her.

“It seems like it’s set up not so much to protect the innocent, as it is to protect the tenant,” Lombard said. “You’re helpless.”

After Portras moved out of Lombards’ home, he moved into another house just around the corner, and started the same game all over again, again refusing to pay rent and squatting.

See the video here