Tracie and Myles Albert dealt with their house’s previous owner that refused to hand over their keys utilizing a coronavirus eviction loophole, according to Fox Business.
More than a year later, the couple is still facing the issue.
Tracie and Myles Albert put down money on a beautiful four-bedroom home in Riverside on Jan. 31, 2020.
“It’s just draining, emotionally and financially,” Tracie said.
“It took us scrambling to get everything we had, our life savings put together and a hard money loan on top of it to make that happen,” Myles said. “We own the house outright. 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 home?”
“They have this case under a COVID tenant situation, of no evictions when it doesn’t fall under that at all. 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,” stated Myles.
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Efforts to enlist the authorities met with frustration as the COVID rules prevented them from forcibly removing the previous owner.
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A local eviction attorney said that this situation is not unheard of, with at least seven cases “of this exact type of situation” arising.
The frustrated husband says that when he contacted law enforcement, 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.”