A North Texas man has been sentenced to 10 years’ probation for trying to claim squatters’ rights on a house using an obscure state law.
A North Texas couple accused of “squatting” face up to life in prison if convicted of stealing from a home whose owner was in Houston for cancer treatments.
The man has one week to get out of the house, the judge said.
Officials say the two moved into a vacant Mansfield house using an obscure legal maneuver called adverse possession — basically, squatter’s rights.
It has the makings of a tall tale. A man finds a two-story, 3,250-square-foot house worth $340,000 in a Dallas suburb and pays only $15 for it.