Kenneth Robinson, a man who paid $16 to file a one-page claim so that he could live in a $340,000 suburban Dallas house, has left the house after a judge's order.
Robinson had reportedly filed an affidavit of adverse possession, which gave him the right to live in the empty foreclosed home in Flower Mound. He had moved in his furniture, hung a No Trespassing sign and invited TV camera's inside the home he squatted in after filing the $16 claim, according to The Associated Press.
Robinson quickly became a local celebrity, who also spoke to law school students. He even created the Web site http://16dollarhouse.com, detailing his experience. The AP also reported that Robinson sold an e-book and offered training sessions to other potential squatters.
But when Bank of America indicated that it wants possession after foreclosing the home last month, Robinson left the house early Monday morning, before he was evicted. He also didn't attend a court hearing and didn't say where he was headed.
Reports are that Denton County Justice of the Peace J.W. Hand on Monday, ruled that the bank can force the 51 year old out of the home. Robinson was given until Feb. 13 to either appeal or move out from the premises.
Real estate experts told The AP that Robinson was misusing the law.
Texas real estate attorney Grey Pierson told the news organization that the adverse possession statute is often used to resolve disputes between homeowners over things like driveways, lawns or other property that has shared boundaries. It is not be used to take someone's house, he said.
Robinson told reporters that It's been a huge learning experience for him.
The home Robinson occupied is a two-story, 3,200-square-foot home with a backyard pool. It's uncertain for how long the property was empty, but the last owner was having troubling making payments, The AP reported that county records noted.