According to a local television report here in Jacksonville Fla. A nice military family had just purchased a 4440,000 home in neighboring Clay County. Which is about 20 miles from the Duval County line which is in Jacksonville Fl.
According to the report when the new family went to look over their new home purchase. They found Pastor Marcellous Dunbar inside with furniture moved in and he wasn't alone. He had other homeless people with him. The pastor says he’s doing everything according to state law. He says he’s working on reducing Jacksonville’s homelessness and that’s why he took the home and has other people living in there with him. He says he’s doing it for a good cause. He says the property is his through adverse possession, a very controversial Florida Statute.Question???? Ain't this stealing?
A local real estate attorney Tommy Shea says adverse possession happens one of two ways, you can physically take possession of the property or you can create what would almost resemble a fabricated deed. Shea says one of the things that stops this from going any further is if that person doesn’t pay for taxes and they have to be there for seven years.
The Realtor told our news partner Channel 4 that the family closed on the home a week ago and when she went to check up on the home the screws on the locks had been removed and the pastor had moved in.
The homeowners did not want to be identified; they told Channel 4 it’s a cause for concern, “I purchased the property legally and on the same day I’ve got an individual that went in and filed for occupancy of the home.”
The Realtor did say this was a family that bought the home, they’re currently with the military and have four children.
Clay County deputies are investigating. Article here.