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Judge Orders Flower Mound Squatter Out Of $340K House

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ROANOKE (CBSDFW/AP) — A man who gained notoriety for claiming he can live in a $340,000 suburban Dallas house for $16 has been ordered to vacate the home by next Monday.

Kenneth Robinson says he filed an “affidavit of adverse possession” that gives him the right to live in the empty foreclosed home in Flower Mound. He’s spoken to law school students and created a website, http://16dollarhouse.com.

But Denton County Justice of the Peace Jay Hand ruled Monday that lienholder Bank of America can force Robinson to leave on Feb. 13.

The bank says it foreclosed on the house last month and wants the 51-year-old Robinson out. And a real estate lawyer says Robinson and others have misinterpreted what adverse possession means.

Prosecutors also are cracking down on others seeking to emulate Robinson.

In December a judge evicted a couple from a Mansfield house.  They made an “adverse possession” claim on the house where they were living, much like Robinson did.

Copyright 2012 CBS Local Media.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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