A brand new homeowner got the shock of her life when she drove past her property to find people moving in.
The woman and her partner had only just put pen to paper on a A$586,000 contract with US Bank for the five-bedroom house when she spotted the strangers unpacking, WUSA9 reports.
Having driven past the Clinton, Maryland, home to celebrate their new purchase, she was shocked to see a moving truck in the driveway.
The real estate agent, Melea King, said the homeowner tried to confront the group.
However, the supposed tenants pulled out what they claimed was a lease for the property and refused to leave.
“She panicked a little and called me and said, what is happening here?” Ms King told WUSA9.
“It seems as though someone has tried to take possession of the property.”
Police called but unable to help
Ms King insists that the home was previously vacant and foreclosed before the new home owners signed a ratified contract with the bank to purchase the house on Dragoo Place.
But that hasn’t made the situation any easier to clear up.
She claims that police officers went to the house and found that the tenants’ alleged lease was “not accurate” or “correct”.
The Prince George’s County Police Department has since confirmed that the issue looks like a civil matter for the sheriff's office.
“Right now my clients are highly upset and we just don’t know what to do at this point,” Ms King said.
“It should not be taking this long for this to be addressed.”
Strangers refusing to move out
While the new home owners demand answers from the bank about how the squatters were able to get inside, the tenants are continuing to outstay their welcome.
They’ve even put up ‘private property’ signs that warn against trespassing.
When a reporter from WUSA9 attempted to speak to those inside, they were told that their uncle Quinn had the lease but didn’t know his last name.
It’s believed at least two men, a woman and baby are living at the property.
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