Tenant, owner get in heated exchange over foreclosure

LITHONIA, Ga. — Officials with government mortgage giant Fannie Mae said they’re investigating a DeKalb foreclosure sale gone horribly wrong.

The new buyer can’t move in because a renter won’t move out.

Channel 2’s Jim Strickland was there when they clashed in the driveway.”This signifies that I actually own this property. That means it belongs to me,” said Katrice Elliott as she displayed the closing papers. Elliott said she bought the home of Princeton Park Drive in Lithonia two weeks ago. Fannie Mae is the listed seller.

Fannie Mae’s renter suddenly showed up, and Strickland greeted him.

“I’m doing a story here with Ms. Elliott about the fact she owns this home and you’re living in it,” Strickland told the renter.

“That’s a wonderful thing,” replied four-year tenant Drew Walker.

“I wish you no harm or ill toward you, Ms. Elliott. However, the law’s on my side in this case,” walker said.Strickland confirmed a 2009 federal law gives foreclosure tenants 90 days’ notice to move after a sale.

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Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009

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