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 home since December. Even though the owner never gave them permission to move in, they're apparently not moving out without a fight.
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."
Case said the homeowner, who lives in Berkeley, has been trying to unload the house in a short sale, but when she first went to check on the home, there were people already inside.
"(The squatters) never ever paid my client," Case said. "Actually, the police came out and verified that their rental agreement is false and filled with misspellings."
KTVU knocked on the door Friday, but no one answered. The alleged squatters did respond to Case with an email, saying they had "established residency" and demanded she provide them with the "proper eviction" process or leave them alone.
Some neighbors had another suggestion.
"Break the door down," said Dale Visness, a neighbor. "Break it down, pull them out of there, arrest them and haul them off."
Casesaid police can't take action because it's a civil matter.
Now, she just wants to bring attention to what she considers a growing problem.
"It's an epidemic in Antioch," Case said. "It really is."
Earlier this week in Antioch, another group of accused squatters who sent a dog after a KTVU camera person were finally evicted.
Case told KTVU she is now working with a potential buyer, an investor, and she'll be in court to fight that temporary restraining order next week.
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