Squatting in Style: Court Can’t Find Mansion Squatter to Serve Him Eviction Complaint Filed by Bank of America
Court can’t find mansion squatter
Andre De Paula Barbosa, the 23-year-old man trying to stake claim to a Boca Raton mansion, couldn’t be located by process servers to notify him of an eviction complaint filed by Bank of America.
Summonses served Wednesday to Barbosa and eight other unknown tenants listed in the eviction suit were returned “unused,” meaning they weren’t successfully served. A second set of summonses were issued Friday, according Palm Beach County Clerk of Court records.
Barbosa filed a so-called “adverse possession” claim on the waterfront home at 580 Golden Harbour Drive in December. News of the claim and the frustration of neighbors who want him out gained national attention this week.
Even if Barbosa is soon found by process servers, the court eviction process could take three to four months, said Richard Zaretsky, a West Palm Beach-based real estate attorney.
“It takes time to get them out,” Zaretsky said. “I realize it seems unjust to the owners of the property, but that’s our justice system.”