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'Middle-class couple posed as homebuyers before moving in as squatters and refusing to pay':

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11...fusing-pay.html

Smartly dressed and armed with tales of their luxury lifestyle with homes in Jamaica and Barbados, Richard and Hazel Jerome seemed every inch the affluent housebuyers.

The couple would make cash offers on top-end homes with vacant possession and, while waiting for the sale to go through, politely ask if they could rent the property as they needed to move out of their own house.

It was only after the obliging homeowners agreed that it became clear the pair were con artists.

Rent and utility bills would go unpaid and, after a string of excuses, the houses remained sold while the Jeromes claimed squatters' rights.

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Detective Sergeant John Baston, of Thames Valley Police, said 'The sellers had to haul them through the county courts - a process that took months in each instance and caused great distress.

'By the time they got their homes back they had dramatically dropped in value because of the credit crunch.'

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I heard about this story on the radio today.

It seems homeowners can't be too careful when dishiing out those keys to their properties.

I bet these sellers did not check with their conveyancer/solictor who were dealing with their sales, what the implications could of been, before they gave out those keys.

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I heard about this story on the radio today.

It seems homeowners can't be too careful when dishiing out those keys to their properties.

I bet these sellers did not check with their conveyancer/solictor who were dealing with their sales, what the implications could of been, before they gave out those keys.

Why did they not use an AST?

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Why did they not use an AST?

Greed I should think. They were probably offered the full asking price and believed it to be too good to be true. It was.

Saw one of these in the early 1990s. Funny how con tricks re-emerge from time to time.

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Why did they not use an AST?

The article does say that the couple asked if they could "temporarily rent the property", but I assume the sellers just let them move in, with no formal agreement, but with just an assumption they had a sale going through.

As "Piece of Paper" says, probably greed, along with a whole lot of wishful thinking, that they had just done a cash sale at a good price.

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If it was my place what they didn't know was how awful the crime can be round there and how you get beaten to a pulp in the middle of the night....................

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Its a nice idea, but id always be watching my back.

I think you have to enjoy a certain amount of danger to squat.

Squatting is not something that can be done alone, certainly and I know some expert squatters.

Technically these were not squatters, but tenants who refused to pay and there are legal penalties for any landlord taking the law into their own hands.

There was a good film about this, starred the Batman guy, Micheal Keaton!

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The basic problem the authorities (and the rich) have is they don't have enough force to beat down the poor. So if the poor get militant, they're screwed.

Landlords may boast they can beat up squatters, but the reality is that squatters are generally much better at fighting than landlords, and can trash the place too. If the landlord pays thugs, he then gets extorted by said thugs; and the place gets trashed as the squatters' first or last move.

So the landlord has to call in the government to help him, which costs a few thousand pounds a time. And on a large scale, even the government doesn't have enough force. If a bailiff gets attacked by 50 people when trying to evict, he runs away and doesn't come back. The bailiff thinks, quite sensibly, "why get killed for some landlord?"

The ultimate government deterrent is to keep the population unarmed. As things break down, that may change.

Interesting times...

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Squatting is not something that can be done alone, certainly and I know some expert squatters.

Technically these were not squatters, but tenants who refused to pay and there are legal penalties for any landlord taking the law into their own hands.

There was a good film about this, starred the Batman guy, Micheal Keaton!

Not for those of us who might leave a property unattended while on holiday, go to work or not want to share with people they might not have known a long time then?

Maybe i should try it for a few weeks, dont think it could become a lifestyle for me personally though,

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The article does say that the couple asked if they could "temporarily rent the property", but I assume the sellers just let them move in, with no formal agreement, but with just an assumption they had a sale going through.

As "Piece of Paper" says, probably greed, along with a whole lot of wishful thinking, that they had just done a cash sale at a good price.

The scam concept is very similar to the Nigerian 419.

The targets were anxious to sell. Illness seems to have played a part as, in both cases, half the vendors have died before the matter was resolved.

They received (probably full) offers from 'cash' buyers. Agreed the deal. The 'cash' buyers then had a series of inconveniences that meant that the money couldn't come through. By that time, the victims were hooked and would do almost anything to accommodate the dream deal going through. I would guess that letting the buyers move in was only part of what happened. They would have wined and dined the buyers and possibly even have advanced money against the 'forthcoming' sale proceeds.

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Squatting is not something that can be done alone, certainly and I know some expert squatters.

Technically these were not squatters, but tenants who refused to pay and there are legal penalties for any landlord taking the law into their own hands.

There was a good film about this, starred the Batman guy, Micheal Keaton!

Saw that film mylself a while back.

I felt for the couple - and Keaton was a wierdo.

It goes to show how taking on a huge debt and the stress of a pyscho tenant can ruin a relationship and almost drive you insane.

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