Fraud Case Ends With Probation for Rogue Foreclosure Landlord Mark Guerette
The Fergusons, happy former tenants of Guerette's.
The State Attorney's Office has wrapped up its case against Mark Guerette, the guy written about in the New York Times and here on the Juice for his work leasing empty, foreclosed homes to families in need by way of an antiquated squatter's-rights law.
Alesh Guttman and Don Tenbrook were the assistant state attorneys on the case. Guerette says that during their first meeting, without his lawyer present, the prosecutors told him there was "nothing legally they could do to stop [him]." A couple of months later, an investigator for the state attorney, Joseph Roubicek, started knocking on doors.
Tenant(s) understand that the property is or may become the subject of an eviction or an ejectment action under applicable Florida Law, and that if that should such occur, the Tenant(s) shall notify Landlord... Should the Tenant(s) be presented with any cash for keys... these monies shall forever release and discharge the Landlord and its Agent(s) from any and all liability whatsoever to the Tenant(s)...
The requirements for adverse possession are very strict. The person claiming adverse possession must possess the land openly, notoriously, and in a visible manner such that it is in conflict with the owner's right to the property.
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