A Brooklyn woman named Pinar Yolacan found herself in the middle of the nightmare of her life when she sublet her apartment to Maria Sevely, who turned out to be a serial squatter.
When Pinar returned from her trip, Sevely refused to leave the place and also refused to let Pinar back into her apartment. Eventually Pinar was able to get back in, but was required to allow Sevely to stay, as well as to allow Sevely’s “male friend” and cat to stay in the apartment. This went on for many months until an ABC news team investigated. ABC found out that Sevely had been evicted from another apartment just before she moved into Pinar’s apartment.
“7 On Your Side Investigates also uncovered a list of judgments and evictions for failing to pay rent against Sevely, stretching from New York to Massachusetts and dating back to the early 1990s.
“This is a horror story,” said Attorney Mark Althscul, who specializes in real estate law and likened the situation to the 1990 thriller about a terrible tenant who doesn’t pay rent, ‘Pacific Heights.'”