There is a bizarre scenario playing out in Antioch where a realtor has been issued a restraining order for trying to sell a home which stems from squatters. I would urge the leaders of Antioch, County Supervisors, and State leaders to get behind Melissa Case and demand that the current restraining order be dropped, erased from her record, and the judge be scolded for a bad decision.
My first question is what judge in his/her right mind would even issue an order on behalf of folks who are breaking the law?
While I understand anyone can be issued a temporary restraining order, it’s actually very easy and fact is not needed, but this one makes me want to scratch my head.
According to an Antioch resident, the police have visited this particular property twice, and one time made an arrest of the squatter’s guest. One of the squatters is from another house. With that being said, what is being lost in all of this is the effect this has on the neighborhood and to the City.
Antioch leadership need to step up and become stricter on this problem because this is not the only home where this is occurring, other parts of Antioch are in a similar situation–soon, watch for more squatters trying to play copycat and cause a larger problem for realtors.
Being a realtor himself, this is a perfect opportunity for Antioch councilman Gary Agopian to lead the movement towards changing the rules for the City and on a much larger scale. This is not a civil matter, its a criminal matter.
It’s an unnecessary distraction that could be dealt with fairly easily by booting them from the home which they have no right to be in unless they have documentation that says the are renting, have copies of rent payments, or have any other form of documentation to prove they are allowed in the home.
Of course, if we remove political correctness, these folks would simply just be arrested for trespassing. This of course isn’t the wild-wild west, there are rules and they are currently being broken.
At the end of the day, this should be a story that changes the rules via ordinance in Antioch and possibly with some time, state law will also be changed to protect realtors from doing their job while these squatters are persecuted and forced to pay all legal fees.
A Bay Area real estate agent said she’s being taken to court by squatters in Antioch who have taken over a house she’s trying to sell.
As many as three people have been living in the Concord (should say Antioch) home since December.
Real estate agent Melissa Case said she can’t get too close to the four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home she’s listed for sale in Antioch because the unauthorized residents took her to court.
“I have a temporary restraining order against me right now,” Case said. “I cannot come within 50 yards of the home, which was filed by the squatters.”