When the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office forced Jeanella Pollock to move out a Riverview home belonging to Sharon Bond this summer, it was a huge relief to Bond and her daughter Julie Norwood.
Pollock had claimed to be there legally under Florida's Adverse Possession law. The Sheriff's Office arrested Pollock and charged her with burglary and grand theft.
The family's home sat vacant for the next few months -- then, it happened again.
"The call actually came in as a burglary in progress," says Cristal Nunez, spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. "Some neighbors saw some movement, and when we got there we quickly realized it was a couple that signed an adverse possession form and they were moving things in,"
Deputies forced them to leave and cited the couple for trespassing, but the case is still under investigation, so no other details are available.
Julie Norwood can't believe it happened a second time.
"They broke into the back door and completely took over the house. It was flabbergasting. I didn't believe it, honestly," says Norwood. She lives in Connecticut and plans to move down to the Bay Area after the first of the year.
Florida's adverse possession law was designed to help get abandoned property back on the tax roll. If it is abandoned and vacant, under the law, somebody can apply for title. After seven years, a judge could grant them possession.
The Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's Office says most of the claims these days are scams. Norwood says the law needs to be changed. Her parents plan to move into the house on Potomac Circle in January and she hopes nobody will try to move in yet again between now at then.
"It's shocking that it keeps happening."
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