Get into this mess, Roomies! A California couple was thrilled to purchase a new home in Riverside on January 31, 2020, and more than one year later, they still haven’t moved in. If y’all recall, the state of California enacted a law which put a stop to evictions due to the pandemic, and despite singing the house over, the man decided he was not going anywhere.
According to Fox LA, Tracie and Myles Albert used their life savings and a loan to purchase the $560,000 Riverside home but have not been able to move in. Unfortunately, the man who sold the home found a loophole in the California eviction moratorium, which has made it hard for the Albert’s to get authorities to forcefully remove him from the house.
“We own the house, outright,” Myles said. “That’s our house and it’s all in a contract, written, legal, done. He’s been paid the money in his account. How could we have no rights to go into our own home?”
Chris Taylor, the real estate agent who sold the house to the Alberts, said the couple has contacted authorities and tried to get the man evicted but have gotten nowhere because of the pandemic.
“They have this case under a COVID tenant situation of no evictions when it doesn’t fall under that at all,” Myles said. “This transaction went through in January 2020 before any of that, it isn’t a renter who was getting thrown out. It’s the guy who collected all of this money.”
Myles recalls contacting law enforcement and they told him, “If you were in Arizona, if you were in Nevada, this wouldn’t be a problem, you would just go take your house back. But in California, like our hands are tied, even though we’re on your side, there’s nothing we can do.”
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